Rio Ferdinand: ‘Why didn’t they pay him the money to stay?’

Ferdinand believes the departure of Sadio Mane last summer was a mistake.

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Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand spoke on his FIVE podcast on YouTube about Liverpool’s decision to sell Sadio Mane last summer.

The former Manchester United defender believes Liverpool’s decision to sell Mane was a big mistake and that they are Jurgen Klopp’s side is sorely lacking a player of Mane’s specific profile, with other members of the podcast claiming Liverpool’s attack has lost its “competitive edge” since Mane departed for Bayern Munich last summer.

“Why didn’t they just pay him the money to stay?” asked Ferdinand. “I think they let the wrong one go, they should’ve let Firmino go, I just don’t understand how you let someone who is world-class at that moment in time.”

“Ideally [Mane] would’ve liked to have stayed if you gave the contract he was looking for or something similar to what Salah got.”

“I just can’t get my head around it, every Liverpool fan must be sat there thinking ‘wow, how have we let this slip through our hands, a player of that calibre?”

Ferdinand’s co-hosts acknowledged that Luis Diaz’s injury has been unfortunate and that the Columbian was a good addition to the side but still believes Mane’s absence in the side is keenly felt in Jurgen Klopp’s team.

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