Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has shut down claims that the Reds are worse off without Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese forward joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last summer after six highly successful seasons at Anfield, scoring 120 goals in 269 matches.
Speaking about Mane to BBC Radio 5 Live, Robertson said:
“To be honest, no. Don’t get me wrong, I had a fantastic relationship with Sadio in terms of me and him down the left-hand side for five years. He was a joy to play with, every game.”
“I loved playing with him, we linked really well. He helped me going the back the way I helped him going forward. And yeah we linked up really well. When he left, there was probably no-one more gutted than me because of the relationship we had.
Robertson went on to add that the signings Liverpool have made to replace Mane have been successful and wished the Senegal international well. Speaking about the likes of Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz, he said:
“But we’ve got fantastic players that can play in their positions. We brought in Darwin [Nunez], who has been really good to start. We’ve got Luis Diaz who has obviously been injured and re-injured and things like that, which is difficult. Jots [Diogo Jota] can play there, who’s got injured.”
“We have been a little bit unlucky with injuries, I think once we get them back fully fit then yeah. Look, Sadio was a wonderful player, a Liverpool legend but he wanted to go and he went to Bayern Munich and we wish him all the best. We need to pick up the pieces and I think we’ve got the players to do that.”
Liverpool signed Diaz in January 2022 and Nunez last summer. The duo have made a decent impact but the Reds have struggled this season.
Due to their poor performances, many fans and pundits claimed that they miss Mane but Robertson doesn’t seem to agree with such claims.
Liverpool target likely to leave club in summer window
Midfielder Mason Mount could leave Chelsea in the summer, according to Fabrizio Romano. The journalist reported that amidst interest from Liverpool and other teams, the midfielder has changed his agent and is likely to leave Stamford Bridge.
Earlier, The Telegraph reported that Blues co-owner Todd Boehly personally negotiated Mount’s extension until the arrival of co-sporting director Paul Winstanley.
Signing Mount could prove to be key for Liverpool if they do manage to bring the Englishman to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to revamp their midfield, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho having an underwhelming season. The emergence of Stefan Bajcetic has proved to be positive for them but signing a player of Mount’s caliber could prove vital.
Mount has registered three goals and six assists in 32 games across competitions this season.