Liverpool have tied down two thirds of their electric front three to new contracts, but the Reds should be keeping an eye on West Ham’s Felipe Anderson in case Sadio Mane leaves the club.
While there are no obvious signs of the Senegalese superstar wanting out, Liverpool fans are getting nervous of the lack of contract news on Mane.
New deals were wrapped up fairly quickly for the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson, but Mane’s deal runs out in 2021, and the 26 year-old was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
If Mane were to leave, Jürgen Klopp should seek his replacement from within the Premier League, and Anderson should be the first port of call.
The West Ham winger joined this summer for a fee of around £36m, and had his best performance yet against Everton on Sunday.
The 25 year-old has a unique ability to pop up in various positions on both wings, centrally, and even creating from deep, an ability that Mane also boasts.
Anderson was absolutely everywhere in the Hammers’ 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, completing two dribbles and making three delightful key passes.
The tricky Brazilian also has the work rate and athleticism to thrive in Klopp’s high tempo system, making four tackles and three interceptions in the win at Goodison.
Anderson hasn’t been a natural goalscorer throughout his career, but Klopp is a specialist at turning talented wingers into goalscorers, and he could do the same thing with the Brazilian.
Liverpool fans won’t want to lose Mane, and West Ham fans won’t want to lose Anderson, but if Real Madrid come calling for the former with a ridiculous bid next summer, then the Reds would be foolish not to go after the latter to replace him.
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