Journalist Ian Doyle has revealed that he believes the 2020/21 campaign to be the last season in which Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all play together at Liverpool.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Sadio Mane of Liverpool (C) celebrates with teammates Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (L) and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (R) after scoring their 1st goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on October 5, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

This comes from the Liverpool ECHO. In a Q&A on the ECHO’s site, Doyle went over questions from supporters to celebrate 10 years of ownership under FSG.

Questions varied from FSG’s greatest moments at Anfield to the club’s succession plan beyond Jurgen Klopp. There was even a big prediction from Doyle as to when one or two of Liverpool’s pedigreed three will be sold or not.

“Liverpool have sold players well,” said Doyle “Which is going to be interesting next summer as I remain absolutely convinced this is the last season Salah, Mane and Firmino will all play together”

“Which of the three will leave? No idea. Don’t forget, this is just me speculating, but it is so rare for a strike partnership to last four or five years, let alone a strike triumvirate.

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“But if I had to put 1p on, I would say Mane. Liverpool would get a LOT of money for him. No first-team regular would want to leave Liverpool right now, though. Why would you?!?”

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Quite honestly, we agree although it remains to be seen which frontman will be sold next summer. As Doyle says, it is rare for such a devastating strike partnership – let alone a triumvirate – to remain together for so long so it is only a matter of time before the dynamic is eventually broken.

As to who is sold, it could hinge on who Liverpool identify as a like-for-like replacement. Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino were both bought as part of the club’s succession plan while a number of reported targets such as Jadon Sancho or Erling Haaland could indeed be prioritised before next summer’s transfer window.

The attacking triumvirate have been paramount to Liverpool’s success in recent seasons clocking up 228 goals and 107 assists following Salah’s Anfield arrival in the summer of 2017.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Such devastating attacking firepower has since seen Liverpool reach back-to-back Champions League finals, losing to Real Madrid in Kiev back in 2018 before bouncing back to claim the club’s sixth European Cup triumph the following year in Madrid after defeating Tottenham.

The world’s most feared attacking trio followed their Champions League success with another tilt at the Premier League title having missed out on the trophy in 2018/19 by a solitary point to Manchester City despite amassing a then-club-record total of 97 points.

Yet, Salah, Firmino and Mane came back fighting the following campaign during Liverpool’s procession to a 19th league victory last season to end 30-years of title anguish on Merseyside during a record-breaking season for Klopp’s Reds who notched 99 points to finish 18 clear of Pep Guardiola and City.

By the end of the 2020/21 campaign, all three members will have turned 29, Liverpool will eventually have to draw up a succession plan to find the next set of generational Anfield talents.

All three players have another three years remaining on their current Liverpool deals with Salah currently the highest earner at the club with a weekly pay-packet of £200,000-a-week according to Spotrac. Mane is reported to be on half the Egyptian’s wages with the former Southampton star taking home £100,000-a-week.

It is difficult to gauge what Liverpool’s asking-price for any of the three forwards actually would be, though, given the fact that Mane and Salah are regarded as two of the finest forwards in world football, the Reds will certainly look to command a fee in the excess of £150m.

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