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Liverpool must upgrade on Sadio Mane to be title challengers

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Liverpool must upgrade on Sadio Mane to be title challengers

The Senegalese forward has been in good form but Liverpool need someone better to challenge for the Premier League title.

Liverpool’s dynamic front-three have rightly received plenty of accolades this season.

Mohamed Salah has of course been the star, with 43 goals across all competitions.

Roberto Firmino has also been magnificent. The Brazilian has 27 goals, including 11 in the Champions League.

Sadio Mane has 19 goals, the Senegalese star also having a decent season.

But, despite the front three striking fear into many a European defence all season, it could still be a lot better.

He may have 19 goals and eight assists this season, but for Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title they must replace Mane.

The Senegal star is a brilliant player and in no way does this opinion suggest he leaves the club. But regarding a front-three for Liverpool, they should spend big to bring in someone new.

The likes of Nabil Fekir and Christian Pulisic have already been mentioned and Liverpool would be right to try and move the team on this summer.

They have been magnificent in the Champions League, but whilst Salah and Firmino chipped in four and seven assists respectively, Mane provided just one.

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Compared to the other two, he is just a step or so below the Liverpool megastars.

Liverpool need another world-beater in their front-three if they are going to challenge Manchester City and other pretenders to the Premier League title next season.

Simply put, if Philippe Coutinho was still at the club, what role would Mane have played this season? That’s the role he should be playing to a superior option.

Mane is excellent and would still be a brilliant member of the team – but as the fourth-choice when it comes to fielding a front-three at Anfield.

Who should Liverpool bring in to replace him? Dreams of Marco Reus and Willian abound. But what is clear is that Liverpool still have plenty of improving to do if they are to be a force in both the league and Europe.

Hopefully, they pick up a deserved Champions League win over Real Madrid later this month. But after that, it is time for the Reds to continue building and mount a Premier League challenge. For that to happen, an upgrade on Mane is needed.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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