Sadio Mane reportedly fears that FSG will sell him this summer in a last-ditch attempt to recoup the fee they paid to sign him in 2016.
The Senegal attacker has already won the Africa Cup of Nations and the Carabao Cup this year and will be hoping to add more silverware with the Reds before the end of the season.
They’re already into the FA Cup quarterfinals where they will face either Nottingham Forest or Huddersfield Town and are in a commanding 2-0 aggregate lead over Inter Milan in their Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Mane was not at his best before heading off for AFCON. That’s inarguable. I was one of his fiercest detractors but since Luis Diaz arrived, along with Mohamed Salah, they have been devastating in the most fluid front three we have seen in years.
Diogo Jota is the Premier League’s second-highest top goalscorer and yet he finds himself on the bench all of a sudden.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are prepared to sell Sadio Mane this summer and cash in on him before his £200,000 per week contract expires in 2023 – their final opportunity to do so before.
They “want him out”, he fears and while logic and common sense dictate he should stay, we saw Georinio Wijnaldum leave after he wasn’t handed a contract extension in line with his value as a world-class player.
I think, with James Milner potentially in line for a new deal and Jordan Henderson already having signed one of his own, it would be disrespectful to decide that Mane isn’t deserving of an extra couple of years at the club.
He might not be as devastating in wide areas as he used to be but his movement in the box is still superb and there are very few better forwards in the Premier League when it comes to darting in front of defenders to score headers.
Ironically, Jota is one of the few but Mane absolutely deserves a new deal even if it’s not a long-term deal. He’s been a fantastic servant to the club and still has a great deal to offer the club even if it means he shares a greater portion of his game time with Jota and Diaz.
In the end, playing less might actually have a net positive effect on his performances as he was often asked to play every single game before Jota and Diaz came to the club but now it means Jurgen Klopp has the option to rotate his attackers.
Now that Liverpool finally have the depth to compete with Manchester City in attacking areas, they need to make the most of it and ensure they keep their attackers fresh until the final day of the season to ensure they can win every trophy available.