Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugged off the distraction of speculation over Sadio Mane’s future as he prepared for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on a fresh pitch at the Stade de France. Watch the full pre-match conference below.
Mane, whose contract expires in 2023, has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
The Senegalese told reporters this week he will reveal a “special” answer to questions over where he will play next season after the final.
“This is the wrong moment to speak about that. Wherever Sadio plays next season he will be a big player,” Klopp said when quizzed on whether Mane would be a good addition to the Bundesliga.
“The Bayern Munich rumours I couldn’t care less in the moment. Sadio is fully focused on the game, no concerns.
“It’s not the first time in my life before a big game Bayern Munich rumours come up.”
A highly anticipated rematch between two of the most decorated clubs in Champions League history will take place on a pitch laid just this week.
Klopp expressed his concern with the signs of where each section of the new turf has been installed still clearly visible.
“Usually when a pitch looks new it’s good news. This pitch is new since yesterday, that’s obviously not the best news but for both teams,” he added.
“That somebody thought it was a good idea to bring the pitch to the stadium the day before the game is an interesting idea.
“It didn’t kill my mood by one percent. As long as both teams have the same circumstances I’m fine with it.”