A new king has risen at Liverpool.
After Mohamed Salah’s failed to retain his majestic touch from last season, new #10 Sadio Mane’s taken up the mantle to keep the fireworks blaring at Anfield. If the Reds are going to win this title, it’ll be because of the former Southampton forward, just as much as Virgil van Dijk.
Indeed, the 26-year-old has been in impeccable touch in recent weeks, with his hunger for goals reaching a whole new level. The Senegalese forwards recently grabbed all the spotlight for himself thanks to scoring crucial goals and getting Liverpool out of tight situations, but he’s been doing some sensational work throughout the season.
After a tricky patch for his side, his stunning hat-trick against Watford last month will live long in the memory.
However, it’s not like his work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Real Madrid are now willing to cash in for his services. According to reports from France Football Zinedine Zidane’s made him a top priority for the summer transfer window. Speculation it may be, but even speculation should keep Jurgen Klopp on edge.
Luis Suarez proved that, even after a stunning season for Liverpool and one taking them with an inch of the title, the allure of Spanish giants Barcelona or Madrid themselves make it pretty much impossible for Premier League clubs to keep their best players. Think of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and even the old enemy – Cristiano Ronaldo – in that regard.
Still, he simply cannot afford to lose Sadio Mane after witnessing his star man rise through this season. If Liverpool have to shell out a bigger salary on a renewed contract, then so be it. They must give him the world.
Mane’s scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, even more than the Egyptian magician. He’s done so in pressure situations and inherited a style no opposition has been able to deduce.
Losing him would be as big a loss as not winning the Premier League this season, as Klopp needs to do his best in keeping his crown jewel happy over the next months.
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