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Seven players who have played for Liverpool and Bayern Munich amid Sadio Mane links

German giants Bayern Munich are interested in signing Liverpool forward Sadio Mane this summer, according to Sky Germany.

The 30-year-old’s contract at Anfield expires next summer, but The Mirror report that the Reds have begun talks over a contract extension with the African Cup of Nations winner.

The Senegalese international remains a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side and has scored 118 goals and provided 47 assists for the red half of Merseyside since arriving from Southampton for £34m in June 2016.

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But after eight seasons in the Premier League could Liverpool’s number ten be ready to seek a new challenge and pursue a move to the Bavarians.

Here we take a look at seven players who have played for Liverpool and Bayern Munich…

Christian Ziege

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The German winger made 227 appearances for Bayern from which he scored 46 goals and provided 41 assists across a seven-year period in Munich before joining AC Milan.

The left footer spent two seasons in Serie A with the Rossoneri before coming to the Premier League with Middlesbrough.

After one season at the Riverside Stadium, the 72-time German international was brought to Anfield by the late Gerard Houllier in the summer of 2000.

Ziege spent a season with the Redmen before joining Tottenham where he spent three reasons before returning to his homeland with Gladbach in 2004 and retiring in 2006.

Pepe Reina

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After joining Liverpool from Villarreal, the Spaniard made 394 appearances for the Merseyside club between 2005 and 2013.

Reina was the club’s undisputed number one for eight seasons, and played in the 2007 Champions League final defeat by AC Milan.

But the Spanish international lost his place under Brendan Rodgers following the arrival of Simon Mignolet and prior to joining Bayern he spent the previous season on loan at Napoli.

The 39-year-old, who is currently playing for Lazio, joined the Bundesliga champions in August 2014 and spent one season at the club where he made three Bundesliga appearances as Manuel Neuer’s backup.

Dietmar Hamann

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Ever since retiring from professional football in 2011, the former German international who scored the last goal at the old Wembley has not been afraid to give his thoughts on current matters.

After coming through the Bayern Munich Academy, Hamann spent five years in the German club’s first team before moving to England with Newcastle United.

Following one season on Tyneside, the all-action midfielder joined Liverpool for £8m in July 1999 and spent seven years on Merseyside where he won nine trophies, including the 2005 Champions League final.

After a spell with Manchester City, Hamann retired in 2011 following a stint in League One with MK Dons.

Markus Babbel

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The German centre-back was part of the Bayern Munich side that got beat by Manchester United in the Champions League final back in 1999.

Babbel played 261 games for the Bavarians before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2000.The 51-cap German made 73 appearances for Liverpool and was part of the 2001 side that won four trophies.

After having a season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, Babbel moved back to Germany with Stuttgart where he made 63 appearances before retiring in 2007.

Xabi Alonso

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What a signing this man was Liverpool and he was a top-class player under Rafa Benitez and conjured up a formidable partnership with Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.

After arriving from Real Sociedad in August 2004 for £10.5m, Alonso won five trophies during his five-year stay before Real Madrid signed the midfield marvel for £30m.

Following five years in the Spanish capital, Alonso made the switch to Munich where he played under Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.

The technically blessed midfielder retired in 2017 and is currently the manager of Real Sociedad B.

Xherdan Shaqiri

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The Basel wonderkid, who was one of the hottest prospects across Europe, was snapped up by Bayern Munich in 2012.

But after a promising first season in Munich under Jupp Heynckes, the Switzerland international failed to kick on under the tutelage of Guardiola.

With a move to Inter Milan not inspiring Shaqiri to fulfil his burgeoning potential, the left footer came to the Premier League with Stoke City.

After three seasons with the Potters, Liverpool signed the forward after triggering a £13m release clause in July 2018.

Following three years with Klopp and failing to establish himself as a regular in the German’s talented side, Shaqiri moved to French giants Lyon last summer, but he is now plying his trade in America after moving to Chicago Fire in February.

Thiago

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After a difficult first season in England, Thiago has shown his best form in his second campaign at Anfield.

Despite being linked with Manchester United, the talented Spaniard linked up with his former Barcelona manager Guardiola at Bayern Munich in July 2013 for £21.6m.

The 31-year-old spent seven years in Germany and amassed 235 appearances before embarking on a new chapter in Merseyside.

Thiago, who is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world, joined Liverpool for £20m in September 2020 and has become a key part of Klopp’s side.

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