Simon Jordan has urged Liverpool not to even consider selling Sadio Mane this summer.
The Liverpool winger has been the subject of reported interest from Bayern Munich this week. But speaking to TalkSPORT, Jordan said The Reds must hang onto their player at all costs.
“I think Mane’s an outstanding player, you do not let him go anywhere!” he said. “Why would Mane want to go and play for Munich over Liverpool?”
Jordan suggested that if Liverpool are unwilling to match Mane’s wage demands, then they’ll find it almost impossible to replace him.
“If it’s about the economics of what he’s being paid then they’ll have to match those expectations, otherwise they’ll have to replace him and he’s going to be very difficult to replace,” he said.
“You’re not going to replace him for what you bought him for from Southampton all those years ago because he’s a really, really good player.”
Mane proving his worth to Liverpool
As the season has progressed, renewing Mane’s contract beyond its 2023 expiration has looked more and more like a no-brainer.
The 30-year-old has been in terrific form since Jurgen Klopp moved him to a more central role. His recent flush of goals have now put him on 21 for the season. To say he was struggling for form early on in the campaign, that’s a great return and all without penalties.
All the focus early on in the season was on Mohamed Salah’s contract situation. While it’s a worry that Salah is also yet to be settled, Liverpool now have an equally large problem in terms of Mane’s contract.
Crunch time beckons
The Reds simply cannot afford to lose two players who have plundered 51 goals between them this season.
But if they don’t manage to sort out extensions for their two African superstars, that’s exactly what could happen. As we edge towards the summer and rumours like the one linking Mane to Bayern intensify, the pressure on the club will become even greater.
Talks with Mane over a new deal are reportedly underway. Salah too has had extensive contact over a renewal. Both are yet to bear fruit though, and until they do, it’ll be a nervous wait for Reds fans.
That’s all without even touching on the situation of Roberto Firmino. Hopefully once the season ends and The Reds are counting their silverware, the future’s of these three legends become a little more assured.