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Mané could play at Barcelona, Real Madrid or United

Claude Le Roy

Sadio Mané may be a regular starter for Liverpool but he would also fit in at Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid, according to Claude Le Roy.

Le Roy, boss of Senegal’s African rivals Togo, was speaking in defence of Mané who has been criticised recently for not replicating his club form at international level with Senegal.

“Sadio is an excellent player and I tell you that all of Africa watches him play in the Premier League at the weekend as well as the Champions League,” said the 70-year-old Le Roy.

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“However, a club is different to a national team. We often criticise players for not shining so much with the national team, but at the clubs, players know each other.

“All the time, the players see each other training together, whereas in the national team, they only see each other periodically.

“He’s a great player. He’d have his place at Manchester United, at Barcelona, or at Real Madrid.”

Mané, who has 3-years left to run on his existing contract with the Reds, has declared himself fit and available for Liverpool’s Champions League Group C game against Red Star Belgrade tomorrow. The final decision as to whether or not he is involved will of course rest with Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp.