Liverpool opinion: The Reds shouldn’t allow Sadio Mane to leave
According to Daily Express, Real Madrid are looking to add Sadio Mane to their star-studded line-up and are ready to swap Marco Asensio in order to the see the Champions League winner join the club.
The Senegalese international has made himself into one of the finest wingers in the game after 3 outstanding years at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp. It’s no wonder that Real Madrid believe he can be just as devastating wearing the famous white jersey.
Liverpool can’t afford to lose him at this moment in time. The Senegalese is perfectly suited to playing for Jurgen Klopp’s high-pressing system due to his excellent acceleration and versatility.
Mane can cover both flanks and can also play as a central striker if needed. This is why one wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that his absence might be felt more strongly than the absence of Mohammed Salah.
Salah is capable of playing at a high-level on the right-wing and in a central position but his abilities wouldn’t suit him on the other flank.
Liverpool have been linked with Nicolas Pepe and have Xherdan Shakiri, both of whom can play on the right but don’t have anyone who can play at their best on the left-wing if Mane is to leave. Hence, it is imperative that Liverpool dismiss the swap deal completely.
Asensio, on the other hand, is a fine player. He has a lot of guile and creativity and is capable of spectacular individual moments but he lacks the aggression that would be required in a Jurgen Klopp side. He’s more of a luxury player and wouldn’t fit the system.
He has a bright future at Madrid and has the best manager for his own development. Zinedine Zidane was the one who helped Asensio make his break into the first-team and is the perfect manager to help him find a footing at the Bernabeu.
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Madrid have already added Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy. They’re showing real ambition to go back to being the best in Europe and their purchasing power will worry Liverpool.
A move for Mane wouldn’t be out of the equation in the coming years but it still feels a little too soon. There aren’t many players who wouldn’t have their head turned by the Los Blancos.
This is a move that will not help any of the parties for the time being and should be dismissed immediately.