Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has issued an apology to his former employers after the Champions League clash in Austria last night.

Liverpool defeated Salzburg 2-0 thanks to goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. The win ensured the Reds progress to the knockout rounds of Europe’s elite competition.

Jurgen Klopp’s side simply could not lose, or they would have been dumped into the Europa League and Salzburg would have progressed into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

It was night of mixed emotions for Mane, who played for the Austrian club between 2012-14.

The Senegal international was delighted to help Liverpool progress, but he did have sympathy for his former club.

“It was a really tough game today,” Mane told BT Sport after the game.

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – DECEMBER 10: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Sadio Mane of Liverpool embrace during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“It’s always nice to come back here because it’s where everything started for me. I’m grateful to this club and the fans, but I’m sorry guys, it’s football and we have to do it.”

The comments from Mane after the game are a reflection of his character. Liverpool are very fortunate to have Mane.

That is not just because he is an unbelievable player, but it is because he is a superb person. Mane is someone that has not forgotten where he has come from.

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