Liverpool are reportedly making the monumental decision to sell both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and are “actively marketing” the pair.
Despite all the excitement surrounding the arrival of Luis Diaz and the inevitable capture of Fabio Carvalho, it masks the uneasy feeling that eventually both players will need to make their way into the starting XI, replacing much-loved players.
In order for that to happen, players will need to leave, and while many of us would love them to stay, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino may well be on their way out of Anfield in the next year and a half.
Both Liverpool forwards are out of contract in 2023 and so far there has been no talk of an extension for either and to make matters worse, American owners, FSG, are refusing to match Mohamed Salah on his £400,000/week wage demands.
Fabrizio Romano has warned fans over the “serious danger” presented by Mane’s current contract situation as he has not entered talks with the club yet.
Speaking on the Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE YouTube show, he said: “They’re working for Mo Salah as a priority, but from what I’m told, for Mane, they are not even in conversation yet, and he’s out of contract in 2023.
“So I’m not saying that Mane is leaving Liverpool, but they are not talking over a new contract at the moment. So there is a serious danger.”
Liverpool ready to break up the famous front three this summer
According to the Transfer Window Podcast, hosted by Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles, change is afoot at Anfield and it’s bad news for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“Klopp and the club are willing to cash in on one of their front three, who of course were absolutely central to them winning both the Champions League and the Premier League title,” said McGarry.
“They’re doing this for two reasons: One, because the three players, Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane, are coming to a stage in their career where their value will only decrease because of their age.
“But also because Salah is the only one now performing at a level consistently that can justify the kind of contract that he and his representatives are asking for.”
“They’re now actively marketing two players now that they have Diogo Jota well established in the line up and now that they’ve recruited Luis Diaz,” said Castles.
“I think that strengthens their hand in that it puts pressure on Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. It weakens those two players’ negotiating positions in trying to get renewals should they not find clubs they’re wanting to go to,” he concluded.