Andy Robertson has dismissed claims Liverpool are missing Sadio Mane – insisting the Reds have “fantastic players” to step up and play in his position.
The 30-year-old moved to Bayern Munich last summer after a successful six-year spell at Anfield. Mane won every major honor during his time with Merseyside, scoring 120 goals in 269 games.
He also formed a dynamic partnership with Robertson on the left, once described by Mane in 2020 as the ‘best in the world’. However, since the Reds lost Mane in the summer, their form has drastically declined.
Around this time last year, Liverpool were pushing for the Premier League title, having already won the Carabao Cup and also battling for the FA Cup and Champions League. Fast forward 12 months and the Reds are out of every cup competition and sit sixth in the table.
When asked if losing Mane was key, Robertson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “To be honest, no. Don’t get me wrong, I had a fantastic relationship with Sadio in terms of me and him on the left .” for five years he was a joy to play with, every game.
“I loved playing with him, we hit it off really well. He helped me go backwards the way I helped him move forward. And yes, we hit it off really well. When he left, probably no one was more upset than me because of the relationship we had.
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“But we have fantastic players who can play in their positions. We brought in Darwin [Nunez], which has been really good to start with. We have Luis Diaz who is obviously injured and re-injured and things like that, which is difficult. Jots [Diogo Jota] can play there, who is injured.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries, I think once we get them back to full fitness, yes. Look, Sadio was a great player, a Liverpool legend, but he wanted to go and he went to Bayern Munich and we wish all the best to him. We have to pick up the pieces and I think we have the players to do that.”
Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 6-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid, ending their hopes of winning a trophy this season. The Reds are 24 points behind league leaders Arsenal with 12 games remaining, although they still hold a game against the Gunners.
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