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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s contract extension could influence Sadio Mane

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David Ornstein believes Jurgen Klopp’s contract extension at Liverpool could be a key factor in convincing Sadio Mane to sign a new deal, although other things will come into play.

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Klopp recently signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2026, adding two years to the previous agreement. £72m-valued Mane’s current deal runs out in 2023, and there is no new offer on the table, although Liverpool Echo reporter Ian Doyle believes the Reds will at least make some attempt to keep the Senegal international.

Speaking on the latest Athletic Football Podcast episode, Ornstein suggested Klopp’s new deal could influence Mane. He said (16.30), “You’ve got the likes of Sadio Mane, who’s out of contract in the summer of 2023, Roberto Firmino in 2023, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2023, James Milner this coming summer, and for them to hear that Jurgen Klopp is going to be remaining in charge for longer is a key factor.”

TIF Thoughts on Mane’s future

This comes as a potential big twist as it was claimed after the January transfer window that Sadio Mane has opened the door to leaving Liverpool in the summer to fulfil a dream of playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Mane is a key player for the Reds and has shown his worth once more this season. He has 20 goals in 45 games in all competitions, including 14 in 31 in the Premier League, and is a constant menace as part of Liverpool’s forward line. However, at the age of 30, he is closer to the end of his career than the start and, at some point, Liverpool’s hierarchy must consider finding a replacement.

Will Mane sign a new deal?

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That time, though, is not now. Liverpool currently have their eyes on a historic quadruple, and Mane will play a vital role if they do so. He is arguably at the peak of his powers, having also helped Senegal to the African Cup of Nations title earlier this year, and clearly has plenty more to give. While any new deal may not be too long in length, he has done too much for the club to be allowed to leave any time soon and, with Klopp to stay for longer at the helm, plenty more success could be just around the corner.

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