Jamie Carragher says Liverpool would be better off losing Mohamed Salah over Sadio Mané on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (15 April, 7pm).
Carragher went on to say that Mané is the best winger to play for Liverpool since John Barnes.
The Reds legend then also claimed that his 2009 side would’ve won the Premier League if they had had Mané.
Carragher said: “You talk about Salah and the goalkeeper and the impact these players have had, he’s the best wide player Liverpool have had in 30 years.
“You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a player like Mané.”
When asked by Gary Neville if Carragher would rather lose Salah or Mané for the run-in, Carragher’s response was emphatic:
“Salah. They have the same amount of goals. I’m a massive fan of Mané.
“Mané is the one that got Liverpool back. He was Jürgen Klopp’s first big signing. He’s been there from the very start.”
Carragher does make an interesting point and underlines how important Sadio Mané has been for Liverpool this season.
He has only one less goal than Mohamed Salah, meaning he is currently the joint second-highest scorer in the Premier League.
Without Mané’s goals when Salah and Firmino were struggling to find the back of the net, Liverpool’s season could look totally different.
That run of nine goals in nine games helped see Liverpool through some tricky fixtures, securing vital points as a result.
Mané has also put Liverpool ahead in many vital games, including against Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford.
He’s also featured in all but three of Liverpool’s fixtures this season, and has a further three Champions League goals.
After his record-breaking season last year, Salah understandably steals a lot of the Liverpool limelight.
Firmino is also often hailed as one of Liverpool’s most important players whose absence is felt when he’s not playing.
But Carragher’s view and Mané’s stats back up just how important the Senegalese captain is to Klopp’s side.