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John Aldridge believes Sadio Mane is priceless to Liverpool and is in awe of the improvement he has made since arriving at Anfield.
The former striker knows what it takes to score goals on a regular basis for the Reds – he hit 63 goals in 104 appearances for the club – and thinks that Mane’s ability to do so makes him an incredibly valuable asset for Jurgen Klopp alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool have won five from five in the Premier League and the form of the Senegal international has played a role in that, with the forward continuing his fine start to the season by notching twice against Newcastle on Saturday.
The 27-year-old now has six goals in six games this term and Aldridge has suggested that he is invaluable to the club.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: “He is there with Salah now as a scoring threat and if either of the pair were put up for sale by Liverpool [which is not happening by the way] the fee they would command would be well beyond the £100m mark.
“Keeping those three fit is vital to Liverpool and Klopp’s hopes of success this season, with the opening few weeks of this season confirming the European champions mean business in the Premier League.”
The former Southampton player is a fine example of the work Jurgen Klopp has done since he arrived at Anfield
Indeed, Alridge is likely correct in his valuation of Mane.
Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142m after impressing on Merseyside, showing that the club will only sell at a price which they deem acceptable, even if the player wants the move.
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That would suggest his departure is very unlikely, particularly as the Reds have ambitions of winning the Premier League and defending their Champions League title.
If the club can continue their policy under Klopp of buying players at low cost and turning them into world-class performers, though, they are almost guaranteed to continue their present success.