Earlier in the year, Liverpool moved quickly to sign Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to new long-term deals and signalled that Sadio Mané would be next. As the months passed and no new deal for the 26-year-old winger was forthcoming, some began to worry.
Those worries can be put to rest today as the Senegal international has signed a new long-term deal with the club that runs through 2023, and to hear Mané tell it, there was never really any doubt—he was always going to agree a new deal, it was just a question of when.
“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane told the club’s official website following the announcement. “It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything—to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams.”
With Mané’s contract out of the way, the focus can now fully turn back to matters on the pitch where Liverpool are preparing for a pair of important matches as they face Watford in the league and then Paris Saint-Germain in a potentially pivotal Champions League tie.
And while a few more goals to celebrate his new deal would be a nice way to cap off the month, Mané knows that, whatever happens next, Liverpool and the chance to work with Jürgen Klopp was the right move to make and has him positioned for success.
“I’ve always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn’t have to think twice,” he added. “The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy. For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”