Starting the season with a bang wasn’t unexpected after the stellar campaign Liverpool enjoyed last time. Reaching the Champions League final and finishing in the top four certainly was an incredible ride and the star of the show was Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian broke all sorts of records in his first season at Anfield but the main man this time around has been Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese star, who joined Liverpool for £34m, has four goals to his name in as many games and has looked fitter, faster and sharper than any of his previous campaigns for the Reds.
Salah and Roberto Firmino have looked sluggish in the attack but Mane has held the fort for the Reds, leading them to four wins from four.
Of course, being Liverpool, everything cannot fall into place at the club. Mane is the only one of our front three who is yet to sign a new deal but Jurgen Klopp isn’t rushing to extend the winger’s stay at the club.
The German was asked about Mane’s future and was quoted (h/t Bleacher Report) as saying:
“It’s not that his contract ends tomorrow. They are all in a good age group. That’s all positive, right?”
The report did say that Mane had three years left on his deal and the Senegal star has gotten better with each season under his belt.
The 26-year-old scored 13 goals in his first season for us, 20 goals last season and four goals already this term.
Mane scored 10 goals from 13 Champions League games for us last season, bagging our only goal in the final as well.
Although the player has a few years left on his deal, we should extend his stay at Anfield.
The 26-year-old has the hunger and desire to constantly get at the opposition. He runs at them full pelt, tries to barge into defences and wants to score. The only thing lacking is his finishing but Salah too started slowly last season and hammered in goals for fun towards the end.
No distractions for Liverpool needed
The Reds, for once, seem to have everything set for a proper title challenge. Quality squad members, a world-class keeper, most players fit and a manager who seems to get the best out of everyone.
The last thing they need is this cloud above their head regarding Mane’s extension.
The 26-year-old is perfect for our playing style and he complements Firmino and Salah. Mane can still get better and under Klopp, we could see him score tons of goals in the years to come.
If we could get the likes of Salah, Henderson and Firmino to pen new deals, Mane’s contract should not be a huge problem. We should just give the player what he wants and keep him on a par with his fellow attackers.
Liverpool face a tough run of games after the international break and we need everyone firing on all cylinders.
Mane will play a key role in the games against PSG, Napoli, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham. If we come out on top of these clashes, the Senegal man will see his stock rise.
Barcelona have done a lot of messing around when it comes to signing our players in the past (Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez are prime examples).
One example saw Gerard Pique claim that Coutinho (h/t Metro) wanted to join Barcelona and that is something we do not need at Liverpool now.
We need to ensure Mane is on the same page with us and if it means giving him the contract he wants, then let’s just get that done soon.
Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet
The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.
The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.
Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer
The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.
Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.
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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.
Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star
Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt
The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).
De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.
Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt
The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.
There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.
The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.
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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.
“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record
Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.
The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.
Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.
“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”
The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.
Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.
Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid
Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:
“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”
The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.
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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.