Of a touching letter to Sadio Mane, Jurgen Klopp referred to him as “the national hero in Senegal.”

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Mane, 30, joined  Bayern Munich earlier this summer from Merseyside. The Senegal international has scored four goals in as many games to help Bayern enjoy a perfect start to the season, winning the DFL-Supercup in the process, and it has shown to be a great option.

But ever since Mane left, Liverpool has had trouble. Even though they overcame Manchester City 3-1 to win the Community Shield, they have only amassed 7 points from their first four Premier League games, most recently defeating Bournemouth 9-0.

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Klopp isn’t bitter despite losing one of his top players to a Champions League foe. He said on the Bundesliga’s YouTube account that “He has a huge heart for his homeland, building schools and hospitals locally for good reasons, It’s an incredible story, how he even got started with football. [He’s] a really great guy.”

Klopp continued by highlighting Mane’s standing in his native country. The talismanic player guided Senegal to their first-ever AFCON championship in February and World Cup qualification the following month. Klopp continued, “Sadio is the national hero in Senegal.”

“Winning the Africa Cup [AFCON], Player of the Tournament, Africa’s Men’s Player of the Year, scored the decisive penalty [in the AFCON final] and other vital goals. Right now, he could probably become president there if he wanted.”

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With 120 goals to his credit, Mane was instrumental in Liverpool’s triumphs under Klopp, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, European Super Cup, and Club World Cup. In July 2016, he moved from Southampton to the Reds.

Mane was given access to a video recording of Klopp’s laudatory remarks and was touched by them. He laughed and said, “No, it’s just a compliment from him.

Mane was eager to praise his former manager as well.”Since I joined him in Liverpool, I developed – first of all – as a human being, of course, and as a player under him,” he said. “I’ve always said that I was lucky to be his player and be coached by him.”

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