When Jurgen Klopp took over as manager at Liverpool FC in October 2015, the traditional club of Mercy was a crumbling giant. Tenth place in the league, at the international level, the reality was the Europa League instead of the Champions League, the opponents in the knockout stage were not Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, the trip went to Augsburg at that time.
Nearly seven years later, the Reds’ world looks very different. Klopp has legendary status in the English port city, winning the tournament for the first time in 30 years (2020), winning the Champions League (2019), the FA Cup (2022) and the Club World Cup (2020). This season there was a historic opportunity for the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and Championship quartets until last weekend.
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Klopp was primarily responsible for the fact that his team returned to the global elite and gave a number of players the leap at Olympus. Three players in particular have become absolute big stars under the Stuttgart native: Roberto Firmino (since summer 2015 at Liverpool), Sadio Mane (since summer 2016 at Liverpool) and Mohamed Salah (since summer 2017 at Liverpool).
In the past, the three attacking men have played an important role in ensuring that the French Football League is now one of the heaviest in Europe once again. Firmino played 326 matches (98 goals, 74 assists), Mane scored 120 goals and contributed 48 assists in 268 matches, and Salah has 156 goals and 63 assists in 253 matches. What all three have in common besides their accuracy: They all still have a contract until 2023, and they are all currently linked with leaving Liverpool.
Is your trident in danger of falling apart, is the post-Premier League era ending? According to consistent media reports, the probability of keeping the entire trio is extremely low.
The Reds transferred 41 million euros to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for Firmino seven years ago. An amount, in retrospect, was completely paying off. The Brazilian was one of the most influential figures under Klopp. But this season, the 30-year-old has struggled with injuries and has repeatedly found himself behind Diogo Jota or Luis Diaz, who arrived from Porto in the winter for 47 million euros.
With the Reds recently announcing that 19-year-old Fabio Carvalho had moved into the summer, Firmino’s air is likely to get tighter going forward. Accordingly, there is currently speculation about her future. Rumors about potential buyers are rare, only in January the Catalan newspaper “El Nacional” linked the striker with a possible move to FC Barcelona.
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It is said that Blaugrana was willing to pay €20 million for Firmino. But since then, calm has reigned over the prospect of Spain’s departure. Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is sure Firmino will honor his contract. This is mainly because there are clearly hardly any parties involved.
“I think he will stay and leave us on a free transfer next year,” Carragher said in an podcast for Liverpool’s Echo Blood Red. “I don’t think there are many people interested in paying a proper fee,” he added. “We’ve been with him here for a long time and he’s paid ten times as much.”
So Firmino could enter his eighth year at Liverpool. However, there are many indications that he will not be one of the undisputed heroes of the novel.
Unlike Firmino, Mane is also one of the top performers this season, scoring 23 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions. He scored two particularly important goals in the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal (2-0, 3-2).
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Mane has been traded to a number of top clubs for months. In addition to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern has recently emerged as a potential buyer. According to the report “Sky” and “Sportbild”, the road to Munich is very hot.
Accordingly, the 30-year-old could have imagined moving to the Bavarian capital, and according to “Sky”, he sent positive signals to the people of Munich. Bayern are said to want to spend around 30 million euros for Mane’s services, but Liverpool will only be willing to talk if they receive an offer of 50 million euros.
One thing is clear: Liverpool have spent a lot of money on new players in recent years. The cash injection that comes from the Mané sale is sure to help the club. Officials have recently been preparing themselves for the future, so that even if Torgarant leaves, the Reds are ready.
While Mane has left his future open, Salah recently provided clarification. At least as far as his short-term plans are concerned. Before clarifying the matter, Al-Masry said: “I’m not focused on my contract, and I don’t want to be selfish. I’ll stay at Liverpool next season, that’s for sure.”
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At first glance, a positive sign for all Liverpool fans. The star will stay with the club for another year. Problem: Salah may leave for free next summer. Because extending his working paper beyond 2023 is not currently on the horizon.
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