See How Sadio Mane Almost Joined Man United Before Liverpool Transfer Move
The Senegal international joined the Reds in 2016 for a transfer fee of £30 million ($37m) after two successful campaigns with Southampton.
But before moving to Anfield, Mane had been subject to significant interest from the Red Devils, with the now 27-year-old admitting he thought about a transfer to Old Trafford.
“We were thinking most about Manchester United,” Mane told The Times.
“That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me, but I was pleased he [Jurgen Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper.”
The ‘rapper’ comment made by Mane is referring to a recent interview by Liverpool coach Klopp, who suggested the winger looked like a rapper when he joined the club.
Mane has gone on to win the Champions League with the Reds, and has scored an impressive 77 goals in 161 appearances across all competitions.