Liverpool should fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Sadio Mane but can afford to lose Mohamed Salah, according to the former midfielder Dan Hutchinson
The unstoppable pair have been the cornerstone of Liverpool’s success under Jurgen Klopp over the past couple of seasons, helping the Reds lift the Champions League crown last year and create an unbridgeable gap at the top of Premier League this term.
Mane and Salah boast ridiculous numbers, as they’ve partaken in 68.18% of the total 66 goals the Merseysiders have bagged in the Premier League this campaign.
The Senegal international has reached double figures, scoring 18 and assisting 12 in all competitions, while the Egyptian star recorded 20 goals and nine assists, which make their partnership the most prolific in England’s top-flight.
Liverpool could be victims of their success, as their star duo attracted interest from several major European clubs that are presumably ready to spend a fortune to secure their services in the summer.
He built a school in his village worth €270,000, a hospital & a stadium.— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 17, 2020
He gives each family €70/month & provides free clothes to kids in his village.
Donated €45,000 to the national committee fighting coronavirus in Senegal.
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But, if the Anfield outfit had to renounce one of their headline performers, they should opt to ship Salah off, as per the former midfielder Don Hutchinson.
“I wouldn’t accept £140m for Mane, I wouldn’t, I disagree, I wouldn’t,” Hutchison said during a debate on ESPN, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“They’re the same age, but it’s Mo Salah that I watch every single week, and his numbers are astonishing. Don’t get me wrong, and you can’t take that away from Mo Salah but…
“You watch Mo Salah, and the guy does genius things, but he does the most basic things so bad it’s untrue.
“He can’t pass a ball five yards, he seems to keep playing this ball where he tries to nutmeg everyone from whatever side he’s on, if he’s coming off the right flank onto his left, tries to play it to a striker through a body of players that’s never, ever on.
“And you watch him and go ‘Surely this has been coached, surely Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff have tried to coach Mo Salah, and he does the basic things really badly, yet his numbers are frightening and he scores a ridiculous amount of goals in the Premier League and the Champions League.”
114 – Only Lionel Messi (123) and Mohamed Salah (116) were directly involved in more attempts in the Champions League since the start of last season than birthday boy Hakim Ziyech (114). Wizard. pic.twitter.com/VQTM23rOPp— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) March 19, 2020
Hutchinson has urged Liverpool to asses the possibility of replacing Salah with another top-class performer such as Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho if the opportunity presents itself.
“So I would disagree, I think if you’re going to sell anyone and you had to sell one – don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t sell any if I was Jurgen Klopp – but if one was to go and you offered Mo Salah for someone like Jadon Sancho, I maybe would take that swap.”
Klopp is known for keeping close tabs on going-on in his native Germany, and reports suggest he has set his sights on the former Manchester City forward and his Bayer Leverkusen counterpart Kai Havertz.
After sitting out the last summer transfer window, the reigning Champions League holders are expected to return to spending big at the end of the season to give more quality and depth to a relatively short roster.
However, they might as well have to sell some of their stars, who have admirers all across Europe, and with Hutchinson among many others backing Mane’s indispensability, Salah could indeed be the one to leave Klopp’s crew.