Jurgen Klopp is said to have marked the Bayern Munich winger as his top priority to fill the void left by Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
Yet, Manchester City has recently entered the picture, expressing interest in re-signing the German player next summer, as reported by German news outlet Bild.
This development could greatly influence Liverpool’s transfer aspirations, especially given Sane’s previous decision to join City over Liverpool in 2016.
“Yes, I was also talking with them [Liverpool]. Jurgen was calling me too, talking to me. That was before I joined City,” Sane told the Guardian in 2018.
“He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund – I met him when he was there. He’s a good guy, nice guy – honest. He [has] worked well with Liverpool.”
Nevertheless, Sane might be more open to a return to the Etihad, considering his comments upon departing the club in 2020.
When explaining his choice to join Bayern, he stated to Bild (quotes via the Manchester Evening News): “Of course I want to play, but I don’t demand to start every match. No player in the world can play every match and reach his highest level. I have my goals, but I’m zero-point-zero percent against rotation.”
Yet, Pep Guardiola has gained a reputation for his frequent squad rotations, leaving fans unable to predict his next move – a notable example being deploying Bernardo Silva as a left-back last season.
The 2022/23 season, where City clinched the treble, saw the manager make 45 changes to the starting XI, 31 more than their closest title rivals Arsenal, according to the Premier League website.
Given Sane’s previously expressed reservations about rotation, he might reconsider rejoining his former team.
Conversely, a move to Liverpool could offer Sane a more secure position on the right flank, especially if Salah departs.
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