Evertonian Tony Bellew defends Liverpool fans after ‘clueless’ Sadio Mane claim

Former boxing star Tony Bellew defended Liverpool fans after a tweet went viral criticising them for the way they treated the departing Sadio Mane.

The Everton fan took aim after an account opted to slam Reds fans for their supposed poor treatment of the attacker. It read: "Liverpool fans never treated him like a legend, never allowed him celebrate his AFCON win, always the easy target whenever the team isn't playing. I'm happy Sadio Mane is finally going to a club he will be truly loved. My man deserves to be celebrated."

But the bizarre take rattled Bellew, who bit back, despite his own club allegiances. The former WBC cruiserweight replied: "He's adored by kopites!! You obviously haven't a clue!! I think he's an amazing individual for what he does for his country and where he is from also." Given that Bellew, who has an account with 728,000 followers, joined in, further Twitter users were drawn into the conversation.

One blasted: "Sadio would be ashamed of you peddling this utter nonsense in his name." Another wrote: "You mean the AFCON he specifically asked not to be celebrated?" A third scorned: "You've just embarrassed yourself to the footballing world." A further poster said: "This is absolute nonsense. He is widely considered by Liverpool fans to be one of the club's greatest ever players."

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Mane is set to undergo a medical at Bayern Munich after Liverpool agreed a £35.1milllion fee to sell the star to the Bundesliga champions. Jurgen Klopp's men had turned down two bids from Bayern before they agreed to a figure for the 30-year-old.

Mane, whose deal runs out at Liverpool next year, joined the side for £31million from Southampton in 2016. He went on to score 90 Premier League goals, including 23 goals in all competitions last campaign, and to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup. He is widely considered one of their best-ever attackers to play at Anfield and beloved on Merseyside.

It was reported that after scoring the winning penalty in a shootout to clinch the Africa Cup of Nations for Senegal – at the expense of Mohamed Salah's Egypt in February – it was Mane himself who asked Liverpool not to celebrate his victory, out of respect for his teammate.

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