Liverpool sent transfer warning over Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah

Liverpool have been warned to be careful heeding Jamie Carragher’s advice on breaking up their front line as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are “irreplaceable”.

Sky Sports pundit Carragher has continually insisted Liverpool need some fresh impetus in their attack after a difficult season and with their main trio all approaching the age of 30.

However, his former Liverpool teammate Marcus Babbel feels it would be almost impossible to fill the void left by either Salah or Mane if either player was allowed to leave Anfield anytime soon.

Speaking in association with Euro 2020 betting platform Unikrn, Babbel was asked if the duo were irreplaceable, and replied: “Yes, I can’t see anyone at the moment coming in to replace them. If you have to replace them, you have to spend a lot of money.

Liverpool would struggle to replace Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, says Babbel

“Even the clubs who have these types of players don’t just give them away, because they know they are good, so they would want to keep them.”

Liverpool are believed to be considering offering a new long-term deal to Salah, who has two years remaining on his current contract.

But there are no such discussions in place for Mane at present, though his contract is less pressing as it does not expire until 2023.

In addition, both Real Madrid and Barcelona – clubs who have been linked with the forwards previously – do not have the funds available to sign either player and are struggling to pay their own players’ wages.

Babbel added: “For players who want to go, they can’t earn as much money as they could have two or three years ago because every country and every club has had problems in the pandemic.”

Diogo Jota’s arrival has certainly put Mane’s position in the team under pressure, along with Roberto Firmino’s, while Salah has no such concerns after firing another 30 goals this season.

But boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant he wants the same group of players to spearhead Liverpool’s title charge next season and has conceded there will probably not be many expensive signings.

“I hear a lot about big, big-money moves. I don’t know if Kylian Mbappe is going or not, [Erling] Haaland, [Jadon] Sancho, these kinds of things,” Klopp said last week.

“I don’t see that happening a lot this summer because the football world is still not in the same place as it was before.”

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