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Liverpool urged to ditch Salah instead of Mane as Klopp warned about sleepwalking into ‘cheap’ deal

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool

Liverpool would be better off losing Mohamed Salah than Sadio Mane, who one pundit has said must not go for Bayern Munich’s “cheap” valuation.

The Reds are facing a dilemma over their two star frontmen, who are entering the final year of their contracts. They have scored a total of 276 goals between them since becoming a pair in 2017. However, their futures are uncertain.

Mane is reportedly ready to leave and take on a new challenge. Bayern Munich firmly in the running to land him.

Salah has said he is staying next season, but his fate beyond then remains unclear.

According to former Premier League star Don Hutchison, though, Liverpool should get rid of Salah, not Senegal international Mane.

“It feels like to me and I know I am going to be massively in the minority here, I would be all in for keeping Mane rather than Mo Salah,” the pundit told ESPN.

“His form is incredible, I think he is never a problem for the manager, there are no stories. I think the job that he does for club and country is absolutely sensational. The work he does away from football, incredible.

“I don’t know. It feels like a massive loss if they let Mane go, I think he is one of these players where he is dependable.

“When he first came in from Southampton he played on the right-hand side, and then Mo Salah came in and Sadio Mane got shifted into a left-hand side position, then [Luis] Diaz came in and he got shifted into a centre-forward.”

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Bayern reportedly reckon they can sign Mane for around £25million. Liverpool, though, want around £42.5million.

Hutchison subsequently warned the Reds about letting the forward leave for “cheap”.

“He just plays all the positions incredibly well, and I understand I am going to be in the minority but €30million (£25.65m) to me seems a little bit cheap,” the pundit added.

“This is, I wouldn’t say worrying times, but they think they are really going places, which they are under Jurgen Klopp.

“But to lose Sadio Mane, I think it could be a bit of a big blow.”

Liverpool stars share responsibility

Sadio Mane, Liverpool v Real Madrid May 2022

Salah has faced criticism for his poor form at the back end of this season. In fact, he only scored four goals between mid-February and the end of the campaign.

Instead, it was Mane who led Liverpool’s in the final stages of the Premier League title race and to the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League.

Mane scored three times against Manchester City in their end-of-season meetings, the first in the 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium before his brace which sent Liverpool to the FA Cup final.

The 30-year-old also scored in both legs of the Reds’ Champions League semi-final clash against Villarreal.

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However, in the first half of the season, Salah was being hailed as the best player in the world for his form.

His wonder-goal against Man City at Anfield was a standout moment as he netted in six of Liverpool’s first seven Champions League matches of the campaign.

Salah also scored in eight of the Reds’ first nine Premier League games, including a hat-trick away at Manchester United.

As such, while Mane’s exploits are fresh in the minds of some pundits, Salah also had his moments this term.