It makes no sense for Luis Diaz to replace Mane or Salah: Liverpool are building their future while they are still at the top, so why are they selling their stars?
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Unlike most people, I don’t think the lack of movement in the talks is some big conspiracy to get them out of the club, to be replaced by younger models in a year. or earlier.
True, the arrival of Luis Diaz has suggested that Jurgen Klopp has more options now – a replacement for Mane if necessary, or even Roberto Firmino, as he could also play in the role. that number nine is wrong.
He won’t come on to replace Mane or Salah for that matter. Not soon. That’s just pointless. And this weekend’s EFL Cup final tells you just that.
Which names are first on Klopp’s team list? Unless he goes with one of the psychologically inferior lights as they have played in the previous rounds, it will be Salah and Mane. No question.
Diaz was signed because behind the scenes Liverpool are doing what the club always did in the dominant years of the 70s and 80s. They are winning now while planning for the future. future. That is evolution, not revolution.
In the past, players were signed and then stuck in the reserves for a year or two. It took Rushie about 12 years to be around – or longer than I always told him – and so did many others.
They are doing it again right now. Not just with the likes of Andy Robertson or Fabinho, who spent six months learning the system, but players like Konate, Tsimikas, Joe Gomez, even Minamino.
Looking around at this Liverpool squad now, there’s a younger player signed in every position: Jota, Kelleher, Diaz now, and players coming from the academy, currently playing or on loan like Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton.
The first team may not be younger at all, but it’s still a healthy young team. You can see some players like Diaz, Elliott, Jones and Gordan really grow and flourish under Klopp.
But that doesn’t mean Salah, Mane and Firmino won’t be handed new contracts. They’re at the peak of their careers… so why throw that away?
Klopp has said himself that he believes his forward trio can remain at the highest level until his mid-30s, and to be honest, knowing them like me and seeing them up close, you have to agree. idea.
Salah and Mane do not drink alcohol. They are in the gym without fail. And they are decent people who have done as many amazing things off the pitch for their homeland as they do on the pitch for Liverpool.
I will ask a question about this weekend. Who will Chelsea fear the most? Salah and Mane. I can guarantee that Thomas Tuchel’s plan will revolve around somehow stopping the pair. And he’ll need luck with that.
In fact, the finale tells you a lot of terrible things about the modern game. You look at Romelu Lukaku, and although his record is impeccable, it is still an expensive gamble for Chelsea to sign him.
What is he supposed to cost, £100m? A record signing, and he’s on the bench; probably. And he’s on his way out after a year; almost certainly.
So the idea of replacing world-class players in their absolute prime, who are happy at the club and possibly for another five years, with big gambles has no mean. In fact, it’s madness.
I have always been a huge fan of Mane, rating him as highly as Salah even if Mo has broken every scoring record in the LFC stats books (damn).
Mane now has 108 goals for Liverpool, equal to my old teammate John Barnes. Barnsie was one of the greatest, in his prime, one of the best I’ve ever seen. An absolute legend, no doubt.
I’m not one to throw around mythical terms like confetti. For example, I have never used it on strikers like Suarez or Torres. It should be reserved for those who have a real influence on the history of a club.
However, if Salah is a legend – and of course he is breaking my records and Rushie’s left, right and center, so he must be! – so is Mane. Wouldn’t be the same without the other.
Tuchel will be obsessed with them, no doubt. The same goes for Pep Guardiola in the title race. Remember that documentary he said: “Liverpool makes me nervous”? I can guarantee that Mane and Salah will make him nervous.
The obvious question is, what happens next in their contract? If they don’t sign, then logically they could go on sale in the summer. Can Liverpool face Man City next season if that happens?
That is the level of player they will need to replace those two. But if they can play for at least another five years as Klopp says, then why try to replace them, especially when they know Klopp’s system inside and out?
That’s why I think there will be news about the contract eventually. And that’s why I think they signed Jota, Diaz and the rest. Not to replace them, but to provide depth to allow upline players to get more rest.
That will help them play longer, go further into their 30s. And eventually, when they start to slow down, there will be an experienced player waiting to take over, with a younger player who is certainly on the line as well. bloodshed behind them.
That’s always been the Liverpool way, and it’s refreshing to see that happen again.
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