It now looks inevitable that Sadio Mane will move on from Liverpool during this summer’s transfer window.
Liverpool will reportedly lose Mane as he looks for a new challenge elsewhere. After six years and 120 goals at Anfield, he will be an incredibly difficult man to replace.
One player who Liverpool would love to look to in order to fill those pretty big boots is Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min.
However, if recent reports are to be believed, The Reds have already missed their shot.
According to Football.London, Liverpool were interested in launching an audacious bid to lure Son away from Spurs. But after Antonio Conte’s side qualified for the Champions League next season, that’s no longer seen as a possibility.
Filling Mane’s shoes at Anfield
Son really would be perfect for Liverpool. He’s quick, a cracking finisher and can play off either foot.
Of his abundant qualities, the last point on that list might be the most interesting for Liverpool. Due to Mane’s versatility across the front-line, Liverpool will be losing more than just a brilliant left-winger.
In recent times, the 30-year-old has found his calling playing through the middle for Jurgen Klopp. Previously, he started his Anfield career playing from the right.
Son does play most of his football over on the left, which makes him a handy comparison against Mane. But he’s also very comfortable playing through the middle or on the right.
As a player of proven quality , who also seems to have a good relationship with Klopp, Son would look a natural replacement.
Stumbling blocks for Liverpool
There are a couple of things counting against Son though. Obviously, the main factor is that it looks like he’ll now be unobtainable for Liverpool.
The other stumbling block is his age. As the South Korean will turn thirty in July, he’s a mere three months younger than Liverpool’s outgoing number 10.
That isn’t the kind of profile that Liverpool tend to go for. If they are to spend big money on a replacement, and Son would not come cheap at all, they’ll probably look for someone in the 23-25-years-old bracket.
Still, players like Son are rare. There appears to be some indication that he may have been interested in a move should Spurs have missed out on the Champions League for 2022/23.
If Liverpool really do see him as a dream replacement for Mane, maybe it’s worth testing Daniel Levy’s resolve anyway.