Jamie Carragher has claimed that Sadio Mane will not be a Liverpool player leaving the club this summer, and he’ll personally make sure of it.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Carragher said that Mane’s contribution to Liverpool has been ‘unbelievable.’
“Sadio Mane’s my favourite player, he’s the one I watch,” said the former Liverpool vice-captain.
“There’s just something about Mane, the fact he sacrificed himself at different times, the shift he puts in. Not just Mane, Salah as well. Five years they’ve been doing that, they’re never injured. What they’ve done for this football club is unbelievable.”
Carra then claimed that if Mane is inclined to leave Liverpool this summer, the Senegal international will have to get through him first.
“I’m a huge fan of Sadio Mane and I can assure you he’ll be going nowhere. I will not let him go to Bayern Munich, he’ll have me to deal with!” laughed the 44-year-old.
Mane finally back to his best
Mane has been a revelation for Liverpool since returning from AFCON in February. He’s been that good that there’d no doubt be an army of Liverpool fans who would back Carragher up in his one man quest to stop Mane leaving.
What the 30-year-old’s brilliant form has surely done is to strengthen his hand in the contract negotiations with Liverpool.
If there really is interest from abroad, then the pressure is on The Reds decision makers to give Mane what he’s asking for.
Fail to do so, and the African Champion could be on his way once the window opens in July.
Asking for what he deserves
There have been reports that in order to sign a new deal Mane would have to become the club’s top earner.
If that is the case then FSG’s job is a little more trickier than first thought. With his form stuttering over the start of the season, the Liverpool’s owners may have thought that Mane would settle for a lower wage package.
But along with Luis Diaz, he has been Liverpool’s main goalscoring threat throughout the Spring. He fired them into the FA Cup final and scored in both legs of the Champions League semi-final.
In that respect it’s a fair request to see his contributions rightfully rewarded. On the other hand, he is now thirty and has shown obvious signs of decline over the last 18 months.
Perhaps he is merely playing for his last big contract. Whatever the reason, he has now once again made himself indispensable to Liverpool. Talks are reportedly underway. A big summer now awaits.