TalkSport insider Alex Crook thinks that there could be some major changes coming to Liverpool’s forwards this summer.
The front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have certainly been revolutionary and crucially important to Liverpool in the past few years as they won the Champions League and then the Premier League in back-to-back seasons.
However this year they have, as a whole, failed to live up to previous expectations with the front three suffering a significant drop off in return after what they had produced last season. This has led to former Reds defender Jamie Carragher claiming that (Sky Sports, via The Daily Mail) they need to be broken up.
Something that, according to Crook on the TalkSport Gameday podcast could potentially be a real possibility:
“I think it’s going to be fascinating to see what happens at Anfield in the summer. Obviously, [Virgil] Van Dijk will be coming back, but I think there is an issue when it comes to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane that relationship I think has totally broken down. It wouldn’t surprise me if one of those was to leave the club obviously Salah has flirted with Real Madrid, there will be clubs in for Mane as well.
“And I think they need a number nine, I think Firmino has been a bit exposed this season when things haven’t been going as well and he hasn’t been able to contribute and do what a number nine playing for a team like Liverpool needs to do.”
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The thing is though, it might not be so straightforward making the proposed changes.
There already seems a ready-made replacement for Firmino in the form of Diogo Jota who has made a decent impact when available and could potentially put Firmino out of work.
And if the situation between Salah and Mane is true, then given his return this season you can’t imagine the Egyptian will be the one sacrificed, so the club might have to find someone to take Mane off their hands.
But in a world where football has lost so much money in the past year, getting teams to take players off their hands might all be a case of easier said than done.