Liverpool face Real Madrid, Barcelona transfer repeat with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool could potentially face a case of deja vu with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane this summer, after it has emerged that both players would like to test themselves in Spain one day. The Reds duo have been at the heart of the club’s transformation back into a European powerhouse and Jurgen Klopp wants to ensure his side embark on a period of dominance.

Both Salah and Mane will be key to that and luckily they are both already tied down to long-term contracts.

That’s not to say they cannot leave though and much has already been made about the lure of a new challenge if they win the Premier League.

Klopp is adamant that his star players are not for sale though and is confident the club now have the financial might to resist offers from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

According to journalist Duncan Castles, both players do still have aspirations of playing in La Liga which will raise concern amongst the Anfield hierarchy.

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“Liverpool have to look at a replacement strategy for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who both have ambitions to play in Spain at some point in their careers,” he told the Transfer Window Podcast.

“They’re also coveted by the biggest Spanish clubs.

“Liverpool are very much in control in the situation in terms of the contracts.”

The lightning double act, who have formed arguably the greatest front three in world football with Roberto Firmino, have both claimed in recent years that Anfield feels like home.


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But Liverpool have been here before and will understand that long-term contracts do not necessarily guarantee that a player will stay put.

Despite their best efforts, the club failed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho who eventually moved to Barcelona in January 2018.

The Brazilian’s fortunes since then might just help Klopp keep Salah and Mane at the club and he will reiterate the message that the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

Coutinho is not the only player to leave Liverpool for Barcelona in recent seasons though.

Luis Suarez departed the club after firing the Reds within touching distance of the 2013/14 Premier League title.

The Uruguayan will go down as an all-time great at the Camp Nou but he left at a time when Barca was an obvious step up from Liverpool.

Real Madrid also managed to prise Xabi Alonso away from Merseyside in the summer of 2009 to bolster their midfield options.

While Liverpool will feel far more confident about keeping their most-prized assets now, there will still always be doubts over whether Los Blancos and Barcelona may come calling.

Jamie Carragher recently made it clear that Liverpool will be looking to add to their squad, not take away from it.

He rubbished the prospect of Salah leaving, when asked how fans may feel if the Egyptian was sold this summer.

The 2005 Champions League winner told Viasport: “I don’t think they’d [fans] be too happy considering the goals that he gets, he didn’t have his best game last night, he got brought off.

“His first two seasons in England he was the top goalscorer in the Premier League and I think he’ll go very close again.

“Of course he is not having the same season that he had in his first season but that was the season of his life.

“Possibly, that will never happen again.

“But yes I think Liverpool will want more attacking options for the manager and for the team.

“It’s not a case of taking anybody out though, it’s actually reinforcing what they already have.”

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