Pundit warns Liverpool over selling irreplaceable duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel has told The Mirror that Jurgen Klopp will have to spend ‘a lot of money’ to replace Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane this summer.
Klopp is noted to have been frequently urged to break up his favoured front three at the end of the season by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who longs to see the Reds inject fresh ideas to their attack.
But Babbel disagrees and has warned Klopp that the German would find it impossible to replace what Salah and Mane offer at Anfield without breaking the bank, as the alternative options would be a step back.
“Yes, I can’t see anyone at the moment coming in to replace them. If you have to replace them, you have to spend a lot of money,” Babbel said.
“Even the clubs who have these types of players don’t just give them away, because they know they are good, so they would want to keep them.”
Salah is thought to have a potential route out of Merseyside on the table, with ESPN citing Paris Saint-Germain as a destination for the 28-year-old as the Ligue 1 giants view him as a candidate to replace Kylian Mbappe.
Klopp has previously stated that he does not wish to part with Salah, Mane or Roberto Firmino, while it is considered unlikely that the former would be allowed to leave for anything less than €80million (£69m).
Babbel’s warning will not come as a surprise to Klopp, who will be well aware that Liverpool would face astronomical sums if he were to target ready-made replacements who are playing at their prime for Salah or Mane.
Salah is still contributing significantly to the Reds’ efforts, as well, with the forward the joint top-scorer in the Premier League this season with 22 goals, accounting for 33% of his side’s total strikes for the second-highest contribution in the division.
Both may have suffered a downturn in form at times this season, but remain influential when on song and would leave big – and expensive – shoes to fill if either were to leave.
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