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Potential £42m deal would seriously test Klopp's faith in his new 19-year-old playmaker - RTK view

A Sadio Mané exit would seriously test Jurgen Klopp’s faith in Fabio Carvalho at Liverpool. The 19-year-old is about to join the Reds.

Sadio Mané really could exit Liverpool this summer, it seems. Sky Germany are one of those reporting that with Bayern Munich hoping to capitalise and sign Mané for under £42m.

Now, we think Liverpool would massively regret that sale. Mané is in the form of his life and we just don’t see any value in letting him go on the cheap before his contract expires. The club would be better served getting one last year out of their no.10.

But what if it did happen? What would Liverpool do then? We think it would seriously test Jurgen Klopp’s faith in his new playmaker.

A Sadio Mané exit

Liverpool will sign an interesting player this summer as Fabio Carvalho joins the club. He’s joining from Fulham after a fantastically successful season playing as an attacking midfielder.

Now, Liverpool don’t actually play with an attacking midfielder. As we’ve written before, that opens the door to two positions in Klopp’s XI – centre-midfield and False 9. The latter is certainly the most intriguing and would see the Reds convert Carvalho into a striker.

That works nicely as the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mané move into their 30s. They’ll both slow down or potentially leave the club over the next few seasons, allowing Carvalho to take over. The teenager can learn his new position over the next year and then take over in 2023 or beyond. It works nicely and the timing fits together.

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Unless Mané leaves this summer. His contributions this season would require replacing and Carvalho certainly isn’t at the required level to do that yet. Liverpool must sign someone in that instance – but such a player would surely get in Carvalho’s way long-term as they wouldn’t be in their 30s, nor likely to leave in a few years.

Liverpool wouldn’t need a left-winger, after all – Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota have that covered. They’d sign a central player, where Mané has delivered his best football this season.

Fabrizio Romano claims that Jurgen Klopp really likes Carvalho and believes he can deliver next season. Would he trust him enough to replace Mané, though? We’re not sure. Mané’s potential exit would test that as Liverpool battle with potentially signing someone who would get in Carvalho’s way long-term.

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