SADIO MANE has revealed how close he came to agreeing a move to Manchester United before Jurgen Klopp convinced him to join Liverpool instead.
The 30-year-old looks set to feature in tonight’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
He scored Liverpool’s only goal from their 3-1 defeat the last time The Reds faced off against them in the final.
Mane has been an integral part of Klopp’s Liverpool machine since joining from Southampton in 2016, but he revealed how different this outcome could have been.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Mane said: “I was really close to going to Manchester United.
“I had the contract there. I had it all agreed. It was all ready, but instead I thought, ‘No, I want to go to Liverpool’.
“I was convinced to go with Klopp’s project.”
The Senegal star has made 268 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 120 times and contributing a further 48 assists.
Under Klopp’s tutelage he has been transformed from tricky winger at Southampton into one of the best attackers in world football.
But this partnership could have stretched back even further if Klopp had his way while coaching at German side Borussia Dortmund