Paul Merson believes Liverpool’s sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich is “the worst bit of business” he has ever seen in football.

Image: AlamyMeanwhile, with Mane no longer around, Liverpool failed to record a victory in their opening three fixtures.

The former Southampton man scored 120 goals for the club and was integral in their Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup triumphs under Jurgen Klopp.

He wanted to move on to a new challenge but former Arsenal legend Merson has slammed the decision to offload him.

“No one’s got started yet for Liverpool, no one’s playing well,” Merson said on Sky Sports on Saturday.

“With Sadio Mane, I thought it was the worst bit of business I’ve ever seen in football for a long, long time. It was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

“£30m for a big-game player. If I’m the owner of the club, I want to win the league and you keep Mane to give yourself the best chance of that.

“Let him go for free next summer, he’s done enough and it’s £30m. I think that’s come back to bite them.

“They haven’t got started but I wouldn’t be worried yet. I’d be amazed if they finished outside the top four.”

Though Liverpool still have the likes of Mo Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez in their ranks, Mane’s contributions cannot be be looked past.