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Update On This Liverpool Star As His Future Hangs In the Balance: What Should Be Klopp’s Play?

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In a recent report from the Mirror, it was mentioned that Liverpool star forward Sadio Mane has admittedly told the Reds that he wishes to move away this summer. It is believed that Liverpool will not come in his way as his contract expires in 2023 although they will only agree to a deal with a decent sum that seems fit. It is the last chance for the Merseyside to cash in on him since a contract extension seems to be off the table.

Several reports have emerged speculating that Bayern Munich are in talks with the Senegalese sensation but Mirror doubts that the German giants will make another bid this summer after Liverpool reportedly rejected an initial bid for £30m based on performance-based add-ons. His future now hangs in the balance.

Mane’s Impressive Form In English Football

Mane enjoyed an impressive campaign at Merseyside as he managed to produce some influential displays on the attacking end of the field. He deserves a lot of credit for scoring 23 goals and securing five assists over 51 appearances this season across all fronts.

The Sedhiou-born talent has performed consistently in the final third based on his average of 2.9 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball to his teammates after making 77.3% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Sadio Mane of Liverpool
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 10: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on May 10, 2022, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

What Should Be Jurgen Klopp’s Play Regarding Mane’s Future At Liverpool?

Mane has got the pace to make some dangerous runs in behind the opposition defence. He has the strength to keep hold of the ball and he has got the ball skills to get past defenders making some clever turns around them.

The Senegal international has been reliable at finding the back of the net for Liverpool over the past few years. Mane is primarily a left-sided wide player but remains versatile to play anywhere over the frontline. His attacking prowess could be a brilliant addition to any club; hence it comes as no surprise that the German giants are showing interest in him this summer.

Jurgen Klopp would be wise to keep hold of him until a decent transfer fee is agreed upon, the star-studded forward has been a key player for the Reds for many years and securing financial returns will be prioritised.

Liverpool were in pursuit of Darwin Nunez for quite some time and they have now succeeded in acquiring his signature which proves to be a decent replacement for Sadio Mane. The arrival of Nunez at Anfield is a green signal for Mane’s departure, but Klopp seems reluctant to let go of him until next season.

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