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Sadio Mane’s heartfelt tribute to Papa Bouba Diop in Liverpool’s win over Ajax

Sadio Mane paid his respects to Papa Bouba Diop following Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The ex-Premier League star, who had spells at Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham, sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 42.

Bouba Diop also won 63 caps for Senegal during his playing career, and Mane paid tribute to his compatriot by revealing a T-Shirt displaying Bouba Diop’s name under his Liverpool top following the win against Ajax.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp spotted the gesture, and quickly went to console a visibly emotional Mane.

Mane had previously taken to Instagram shortly after news of Bouba Diop’s death had been announced.

Sadio Mane revealed a T-Shirt with Papa Bouba Diop’s name on it

He posted: “Pape Bouba, it was with a broken heart that we learned of your passing.

“Know that you will remain in our hearts forever even if you left without saying goodbye to us. RIP.”

While the two never played together, Bouba Diop is recognised as one of Senegal’s greatest ever players along with Mane, and scored arguably the country’s most iconic goal when they shocked France 1-0 in the 2002 World Cup.

A number of other high-profile figures also posted condolence messages.

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker paid tribute stating on social media: “How terribly sad. Taken so young. RIP Papa Bouba Diop.”

Bouba Diop’s death was announced on Sunday

Former club Fulham stated: “We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe”.

Liverpool’s win, meanwhile, confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, and they are also guaranteed to finish top of their group.

Curtis Jones’ goal was enough to see off their Dutch opponents, and they are now four points clear at the top of Group D with just one match remaining.

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