Liverpool need Nkunku transfer to replace Mane
Sadio Mane’s future being uncertain is a bigger issue for Liverpool than many of their fans realize.
The Senegal international is apparently looking to get away from Anfield having just been one of the key men in keeping Liverpool’s four-time prospect alive in a difficult end to the 2021/22 season.
Mane has scored nine goals in Liverpool’s last 14 games, including an important equalizer at Manchester City in a league game, before scoring a brace against them in the FA Cup semi-finals shortly afterwards. He also scored in both legs of the Champions League semi-final win over Villarreal, while on the other hand, Mohamed Salah disappeared during that all-important period.
In the same 14-game run towards the end of the season, Salah scored just three goals – two in a 4-0 win over Manchester United and one against Wolves on the final day of the season. But for some terrific goalkeeping heroics from Thibaut Courtois, he may well have added to that and delivered the Champions League to Liverpool, but it’s not like he entered that big game in form. of his life – far from it.
Salah turns 30 this month and he probably can’t be counted on to help the club recover on their own after Mane. With Manchester City already adding Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to their forward line, the Reds must surely respond with a major attacking investment.
Christopher Nkunku the ideal transfer for Liverpool?
If there’s anyone at the moment who seems perfectly suited to Liverpool’s needs, it’s Christopher Nkunku, who has just enjoyed the season of his life with RB Leipzig.
The France international has contributed a remarkable 35 goals and 14 assists in all competitions for Leipzig in 2021/22, largely playing in a new central role after previously operating away and in other midfield positions field during his career.
At the age of 24, Nkunku appears to be approaching his prime and will surely be hungry for big trophies after winning just one domestic cup with his current club, and barely playing for League title victories. 1 with Paris Saint-Germain earlier in his career. .
Fabrizio Romano wrote exclusively for TakenOffside to make it clear that a ‘crazy’ offer will be needed for Leipzig to sell their star player, but it’s time for Liverpool to start acting more like the great club they have become.
It’s fair enough that LFC tend to be picky about who they spend money on, with Virgil van Dijk their biggest buy by far, but it proved an absolute game-changer for the club when he joined. Others like Salah and Mane weren’t very expensive, but they came at a time when the club were still trying to establish themselves as a top four contender, rather than being truly one of the best teams in the game. planet.
In the end, Liverpool were close to a quadruple, but there were plenty of narrow Premier League wins (2-1 against bottom-half sides Southampton and Aston Villa, and 1-0 against Newcastle towards the end of the season) which shows how Mane’s departure combined with Salah’s declining form could impact this team.
At Nkunku, they could replace Mane with another hard-working and smart player up front who looks set to contribute more than 20 goals per season for the next five years or so.
There’s a lot to admire about the way Liverpool do their business, but a ruthless streak is also needed ASAP, or this Golden Age will be reminded of how far they came to win league titles and European Cups. Europe, rather than actually going all the way and lifting those trophies.