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Former Player Addresses Key Liverpool Duo’s Futures

In many respects, it has been a good old 2021/22 season for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp.

The dreams of a historic quadruple were kept alive until the final ten minutes on the final day of Premier League action, with Klopp previously lifting both the EFL Cup and the FA Cup earlier in the domestic campaign.

Having narrowly missed out by a single point in the long chase of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Liverpool eventually had to settle for a simple domestic double, as Real Madrid ran out as marginally winners in the Stade de France held Champions League Final and it is now a big summer for Klopp once again and former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has been discussing the transfer window recently with

With the window now open fans will not just have their eyes on potential incomings to strengthen the group, there are significant and lingering worries over the futures of both PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Although Egyptian ace Salah has already confirmed he will remain at Anfield for the coming 2022/23 campaign, but Senegal star Mane has made little secret of the fact he is angling for a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Liverpool have already rebuffed two offers from the German side, rejecting an improved reported offer of £30 million and although it seems they are open to doing some kind of deal, it must be on their terms at around a speculated 50 million Euro deal (£42.8 million).

Addressing the Mane issue directly, Mellor admitted that there were no guarantees that Mane would stay, but given the prospect of losing Salah in 12 months time, he felt it unlikely that the club would be pushed into losing both.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty. They’ll want it to get sorted as soon as possible. When Mane arrived from Southampton, he was a top player. He’s become a world-class player at Liverpool. In the six seasons he’s been at Liverpool, he’s delivered. He’s been a consistent performer. I think he’s got 20 goals in four of those six seasons, so he’s been incredible. The fans appreciate him, the manager appreciates him, and the only surprise is that he’s wanting to leave if that is the case. It needs to be sorted out as soon as possible because the uncertainty isn’t helping him or Liverpool.”

On the prospect of Mane headed out this summer, and then Salah next, he added that he felt Klopp had a better chance of convincing Salah to remain and recommit to a new contract out of them both.

“I’d be surprised if Liverpool lost both players. Both have been so important, but as we know, sometimes you have to move on. I think Salah will stay next season, but if it is the right time for the players, the club will always move on, whoever that is. There have been great players in the past, and the recruitment has been great for Liverpool as well in recent seasons. You look at Diaz coming in, in January, I think he’s been a seamless introduction to the team as well. It would have probably been unthinkable 12 months ago to lose both players, but to lose one of them I think would be bearable for what Liverpool are replacing.”

The club will know what has been said behind the scenes and what the real odds are of either remaining, but if Liverpool move swiftly in the market for a key attacker in advance of any move, that will certainly make a departure more palatable for the fanbase.

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