Arsene Wenger Explains Why Mane's Exit is Cause of Liverpool's Struggles

Arsene Wenger Explains Why Mane's Exit is Cause of Liverpool's Struggles

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM
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  • Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool are struggling because of Sadio Mane's exit
  • The Senegalese forward left the Merseyside outfit after six successful seasons, winning the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League
  • Sadio Mane joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window to start a new challenge in the Bundesliga

Arsene Wenger has blamed Sadio Mane's departure from Liverpool as the cause of the club's struggles in the new season.

Liverpool hit another low over the weekend after drawing 3-3 at Anfield against Brighton in the English Premier League.

And the French tactician believes Mane could have made the difference if Liverpool had kept the Senegalese in the summer transfer window.

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Arsene Wenger has stated that Liverpool are struggling due to Sadio Mane's exit. Credit: IMAGO/Sven Simon beIN
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"It's difficult to understand," Wenger told beIN Sports as quoted by The Guardian. "They have the same core [group of players], same type of game.

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"They are less efficient in winning the ball back than before. [Darwin] Nunez, at the moment, hasn't worked out for them and they've made a big investment. He's sitting on the bench.
"They lost Mane, who was a top-level, big-game player. He had something [about him], an aggressive attitude and determination. He'd score no matter what happens, he'd make things happen.
"It's difficult to measure how much [his departure] takes away. They miss something they had before."

Sadio Mane spent six seasons at Liverpool, winning the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Mane, in his last season, helped the Merseyside outfit win the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

The 2021 AFCON winner scored his fourth Bundesliga goal in eight matches as Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen last Friday, 4-0.

Bayern Munich boss backs Sadio Mane to succeed in Germany

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Bayern Munich Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is not feeling too bothered about Sadio Mane’s dip in form for the Bundesliga champions in his last few matches.

Mane has struggled to score in his last 6 matches in all competitions for Bayern Munich, as the Senegalese struggles to find his balance in the Bundesliga.

According to Daily Mail, Salihamidzic believes it is only a matter of time before Sadio Mane finds his best form for the German side.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.