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Date published: Wednesday 1st Could 2019 three:16

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted he was jealous when Barcelona lured group-mate Philippe Coutinho to the Nou Camp.

The Brazil international left in January 2018 in a deal worth up to £142million following failing to force a move by way of six months earlier.

Liverpool coped properly with the disruption designed by the playmaker’s transfer request and his subsequent departure – but Mane admitted it did leave a hole.

“He is a excellent, excellent player and I’m a small bit jealous that Barcelona got him,” stated the Senegal international.

“I would really like to see him once again but we we are content for him.

“He genuinely enjoyed playing alongside his group-mates and gave almost everything, and is nonetheless young and can strengthen a lot.

“I know him, he is a really hard worker. Hopefully on Wednesday he will nonetheless be in bed when we play!”

Coutinho has struggled to replicate his Liverpool kind for the duration of his time in Spain and the player has frequently been linked with a return to the Premier League with either Chelsea or Manchester United.

His Barca teammate – and a further former Red, Luis Suarez, nevertheless, has urged the player to keep and prove his worth to the club.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is pleased with the way his side moved on from the Coutinho furore with quite small fuss and have, arguably, grow to be a superior side.

“Yes, we miss Phil Coutinho a lot simply because he is a globe-class player and I loved operating with him,” stated the Reds boss.

“But we had to deal without having him and we did properly. When I initially heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn’t envision we would do that superior but we did.”

Mane, meanwhile, has provided a brilliant response to inquiries that he could appear to leave Liverpool himself this summer time and make the move to 1 of LaLiga’s giants.

 

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