On April 10, 1970, the music world was rocked to its core when Liverpool’s Fab Four split up.
The Beatles, the greatest band there has ever been, had left the state.
On April 10, 2021, Liverpool’s current Fab Three face Aston Villa at Anfield and I’m beginning to wonder if that’s when we’ll start to see the death rattle of another iconic Scouse creation.
Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane have made wonderful music at Anfield.
But rumours of Salah wanting out and talk of his relationship with Mane have been abound for a while now.
And while I’ve said before that I thought it could be time for the Egyptian kind and Liverpool to part company at the end of this season, I’d even go further now and suggest moving on the Holy Trinity in one go.
The role Firmino has played in Liverpool’s success has been exceptional but I’m sure you could find another hard-working line-leader who’d get 15 goals a season.
But the line between playing nicely together and hostility, jealousy and greed is such a fine one that, if the right money came in and I could get the players I wanted, I’d sanction deals for the lot of them.
I’ll put an asterisk by Mane’s name because if it was a case of selling two of the three, he’d be the one I’d keep.
But Sir Alex Ferguson was very good at knowing when even his best players needed to be sold and, if I were Liverpool’s transfer guru, Michael Edwards, I’d be heading to Boston with Jurgen Klopp as soon as I could and selling that as the best way forward to John Henry and Co.
Edwards would get in excess of £200m for the trio, and more if he let Shaqiri and Divock Origi go as well.
And with that sort of money I’d be looking at Erling Haaland for starters with Jack Grealish brought in to play on his left and Ansu Fati to his right.
If Liverpool are serious about competing for the title in two of the next three seasons — even two in five — then they have to be moving for Haaland, because I guarantee Manchester City, Manchester United and maybe Chelsea will be as well.
Villa have progressed nicely but there are no guarantees they will finish in the top 10 and Grealish will want to challenge for trophies at some point.
Then there’s the fact Barcelona are skint and would have to listen to a good offer for Fati.
Then I’d look to bring in the extremely exciting Myron Boadu from AZ Alkmaar to fill the Origi role and with Dioga Jota already there I’d be salivating at what that group could do.
I know people will say, ‘That’s just a fantasy list, Stan’, but the last two times Liverpool have thought and spent big — bringing in Alisson and Vigil van Dijk — they have reaped the rewards.
My fear is that Fenway will say Salah, Mane and Firmino just need a good break and that they will come back firing next summer but I hope not.
I hope Liverpool are bold and brave this summer, and that they look to the future rather than holding on to a threesome who mentally may well already have moved on.