Where the stars from Mane’s first Liverpool game are now after Bayern move

Liverpool will enter the new season without Sadio Mane – something that has not happened since 2015 after the forward left this week for Bayern Munich.

The Senegal international told the Reds he would not renew his contract with his current deal expiring next summer and they decided to cash in now rather than lose him nothing. After six years at Anfield, Mane had won everything including the Champions League and Premier League.

While Jurgen Klopp is gutted to lose the 30-year-old, he appears to have already landed his replacement in Darwin Nunez but it has been some journey for Mane – who made his debut for Liverpool back in 2016 in an entertaining 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates. But who was there on that day – and where are they now?

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Simon Mignolet

Known for a number of blunders, Mignolet has redeemed his reputation after returning to Belgium in 2019 when he signed for Club Brugge and was ranked as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe last season.

Nathaniel Clyne

Injuries were not kind to the defender during his time at Liverpool and was one of several players to make the trip from Liverpool to Southampton while he has since returned to his boyhood club Crystal Palace.

Ragnar Klavan

The Estonian was one of the first signings Klopp made at Anfield but he did not hang around long, staying just two years before moving to Cagliari. Last summer, he returned to his homeland with Paide Linnameeskond.

Dejan Lovren

Lovren spent six years at Liverpool before the signing of Virgil van Dijk all but booted him out of the team and he left in 2020 for Zenit St Petersburg, where he remains.

Alberto Moreno

Best remembered for his worst performances rather than his best, Andy Robertson's arrival saw Moreno drop down the pecking order and he signed for Villarreal in 2019 while he won the Europa League against Manchester United last year after scoring in a shootout.

Jordan Henderson

One of Klopp's most trusted lieutenants at Liverpool and an undoubted legend after leading them to their first-ever Premier League title as captain – something Steven Gerrard never managed to do.

Georginio Wijnaldum

During his time at Anfield, Wijnaldum was one of the first names on the teamsheet but last summer he left in a free transfer to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

Philippe Coutinho

While stunning crowds at Liverpool, his Barcelona dream quickly became a nightmare when he moved there in 2018 but has since returned to the Premier League after signing for Aston Villa this summer.

Roberto Firmino

A true servant to Liverpool who has been through it all under Brendan Rodgers and Klopp while his contract will expire at the club next summer, putting his future up in the air.

Adam Lallana

Another Southampton export whose technical feet made him a fan favourite though his injury record kept him largely off the pitch rather than on it but has since found a home at Brighton.

Sadio Mane

Scoring on his debut against Arsenal in that classic 4-3 match, that was the first of 120 goals that he would score in Liverpool colours while Bayern Munich will be hoping for a similar impact.

Petr Cech

Between the sticks for Arsenal was Premier League legend Cech, who spent the final few years of his career in north London before returning to Chelsea as a technical director.

Hector Bellerin

Once tipped for stardom, injuries have took their toll on Bellerin and his future remains up in the air after returning from loan at Real Betis – where he hopes to return.

Rob Holding

A useful squad player who was brought it by Arsene Wenger for peanuts from Bolton, who remains at the club under Mikel Arteta – though the returning William Salia might boot him out the team.

Nacho Monreal

Arsenal fans love Monreal for his absolute warrior spirit and the fact he gave his all every weekend while he is still playing for Real Sociedad now at the age of 36.

Calum Chambers

There were big things expected from Chambers but it just did not quite manage to happen, though he is still forging out a decent Premier League career with Aston Villa.

Francis Coquelin

Arsenal fans took to Coquelin due to his passion and grit in midfield but the talent did not match up and a move to Spain followed while he was part of the Villarreal team that beat United in the Europa League final in 2021 along with Moreno.

Mohamed Elneny

Perhaps not the most technically gifted of all players, his tempo-setting passes in midfield have impressed Arteta and he remains a decent squad option at Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey

Since turning down a contract at the Emirates, it has been a steady decline for Ramsey who failed to impress at Juventus and on loan at Rangers and his future in Italy is up in the air.

Alex Iwobi

One of the top stars coming out of the Arsenal academy at the time, Iwobi failed to develop much further and was sold to Everton where he helped them avoid relegation last season.

Alexis Sanchez

Again, another to realise the grass is not always greener after a dismal United transfer but was part of the Inter Milan to help win the title in 2021 while he might be on the move this summer.

Theo Walcott

When Walcott's career is all over, it might be fair to call him an Arsenal legend after 12 years of service and nearly 400 appearances while he is still playing after returning to Southampton.

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