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Salah secured: Liverpool must now tie-down Klopp favourite to start pre-season with a bang

Mohamed Salah was arguably Europe’s best player last season, and he was far and away the most efficient player in the Premier League. He scored a stunning 32 league goals, alongside 10 assists, and he played a crucial role as the Reds finished in the top four and competed in the Champions League final. Now, he’s been rewarded with a new long-term contract, which not only serves as a means of appreciating the hard work he put in last season, but it also goes a long way to ensuring he remains at Anfield long-term. It’s truly a fantastic start to the summer for the club, but now, the Reds must change their focus.

Indeed, now it’s time for Jurgen Klopp’s men to secure the future of Sadio Mane as they look to keep their stunning attack together.

Last season was a huge one for Sadio Mane. The Senegalese, combined with the players around him, continued his development and emerged as one of the Premier League’s best attackers.

Standing out alongside Salah was never going to be easy, but he managed it comfortably.

He dominated the left-hand side of the attack all season long, displaying brilliant quality going forward, whilst also maintaining a solid work ethic defensively. Known for his electric pace, Mane was always a threat down the flanks, and when combined with the talent around him, that had a devastating impact.

He finished the campaign with 10 goals and 7 assists, which whilst not as good as the players around him, is still a very strong record. With a contract until 2021, the Senegalese still has some way to go on his deal, but you can’t run even the smallest risk of losing a player of his quality.

With Salah’s signing, Liverpool now have the long-term futures of both Roberto Firmino and Salah secured. That’s two-thirds of a deadly attack, and now the Reds must tie down Mane to complete the trio.

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