You are here


The departure of Sadio Mane could highlight Jamie Carragher's long-standing concerns over Liverpool's 'big problem' in midfield. The Senegal international is expected to seal a move to Bayern Munich, with the Reds accepting a bid worth up to £35 million. Mane has enjoyed six successful seasons at Anfield, and finished last season in a new centre-forward role due to the form of January arrival Luis Diaz. The versatile attacker netted 120 goals for the Reds since signing from Southampton, and consistently impressed as part of the fabled front three alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

However, this era is drawing to a close with Mane signalling his desire for a new challenge with just one year left on his contract. Diogo Jota and Diaz have both delivered since arriving at the club, and it appears Darwin Nunez is the man tasked with filling the void set to be left by the Senegalese superstar. The Uruguay international was one of the most coveted forwards in European football this summer following a breakout season with Benfica. Nunez's return of 34 goals was enough to convince Liverpool to agree a potentially club-record deal to land the 22-year-old.

However, there have been concerns raised over the possible decision not to move for another midfielder this window. Jude Bellingham has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside, but Borussia Dortmund will not sanction the sale of another star following the departure of Erling Haaland. The Liverpool boss does not have a goalscoring option to call upon in the middle of the park, and it is a 'big problem' Carragher raised about his former side almost two years ago. The Sky Sports pundit at the time was advocating for a starting role for Jota ahead of Firmino, as the Reds otherwise lacked finishers in the starting eleven.

Back to top