Pundit tells Liverpool to give star duo ‘what they want’ or risk ending up like Man Utd

Dan Butterfield
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool have been warned they must give star duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane what they want or risk ending up like rivals Manchester United.

The duo have been crucial to Liverpool’s success in recent years, helping the Reds win the Premier League in 2020 and the Champions league a year earlier.

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They also picked up a domestic cup double this season, winning both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but narrowly missed out on the league and European cup.

And the duo could now be set to depart Anfield with Mane expected to leave as early as this summer after telling the club he wants to leave in search of a new challenge.

Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with the Senegalese star and with the player out of contract next summer, Liverpool could cash in this summer once they have found a suitable replacement.

Salah has confirmed he will remain on Merseyside next season but with his contract up next summer as well and with the Liverpool hierarchy refusing to meet his demands, his future remains uncertain.

The forward duo are both looking to big wage increases to match the top players around the Premier League, but Liverpool are keen to stick to their strict wage structure.

However, former Liverpool man Dean Saunders has urged his old side to give the pair what they want or risk ending up like bitter rivals Man Utd.

Speaking on talkSPORT: “I think you’ve got to give them what they want. You look at Man Utd. What’s happened to Man Utd can happen to Liverpool at any time.

“You can’t sell your best players, you can’t let them go. Especially, arguably two of the best players in the world.

“If you keep them at the club for the next four years, you’re more or less guaranteeing success.

“They make other players look better, so you’re putting value on the other players. Average players start looking brilliant.

“If you let Mane go, you’ve got to pay £100million minimum to replace him for what he produces. For the sake of the club, I think you’ve got to give them the money.”