The lowdown: End of an era
Following the end of a relentless and successful 2021/22 campaign, speculation surrounding the future of Mane has spiralled out of control and it appears that the writing could be on the wall for an exit.
Both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are pursuing the Senegalese star who is believed to be seeking a fresh challenge away from Anfield after a trophy-laden six years on Merseyside.
However, Liverpool are likely to be reticent to sanction the departure until a suitable successor can be lined up, which could be where the Terrier comes in…
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As per The Mirror, the Reds are said to have already ‘identified’ the 25-year-old former France Under 21 starlet as a replacement for the centre-forward role in which Mane ended the season.
It’s claimed that Terrier is the ‘ideal player’ to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s squad should Mane leave as expected following a stellar Ligue 1 campaign.
The report states that Liverpool could land the versatile Frenchman described as ‘intelligent’ and ‘hard-working’ by French football writer Jeremy Smith for a ‘reasonable fee’ in the off-season market.
The verdict: Better options available
Equally adept operating from the left-wing or as a centre-forward, Liverpool’s perceived interest in Terrier should come as little surprise as a like for like replacement for Mane.
His manager has also praised him for his ‘technical quality’ and ‘intelligence’, so perhaps we are even looking at a player of similar ilk to Roberto Firmino, who is also nearing the conclusion of his time as a Liverpool regular.
Terrier’s impressive 7.30 Sofascore rating from 2021/22 included winning 4.5 duels, taking 2.4 shots and making 1.1 key passes on average per game, so he is certainly an intriguing option for new Sporting Director Julian Ward.
However, prior to a 21 goal and four assist campaign last time out, the ex-Lyon ace has only reached double figures in terms of direct goal involvements in one other league season and at present only has 11 Champions League outings to his name.
At the right price, perhaps this is a move that would be worthwhile as a replacement for Divock Origi or even Firmino, but the Reds should also be attempting to sign a real rising star to succeed Mane, having been linked to the likes of Benfica’s Darwin Nunez.
In other news, a fresh Liverpool transfer rumour has emerged. Read more here.
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