Pundit calls out ‘bad decision’ made by Liverpool and insists they would re-sign former player
Paul Merson believes Liverpool have been missing Sadio Mane this season and if given the chance they would re-sign the forward.
Mane spent six seasons at Anfield, scoring 120 goals in 269 games for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool have invested in their forward line with the signings of Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo but they have struggled to maintain their previous goal tally.
The loss of form that Mohamed Salah experienced will certainly have had an impactbut the loss of Mane is also worth considering.
Merson believes Liverpool made a mistake letting him go in the summer when he joined Bayern Munich.
“I said it from the start – selling Sadio Mane was a bad decision,” Merson said Sportkeeda.
“If he was put up for sale again, they would buy him back immediately. He was an important part of this team and didn’t get the recognition he deserved.
“Liverpool sold one of their best players for next to nothing and it’s coming back to bite them.”
Mane scored 23 goals in his last season with Liverpool, including 16 in the Premier League.
“They played a lot of high-pressure games last season and that caught up with them,” Merson added. “They are paying the toll with injuries and lack of form and they are in a bad situation at the moment.”
At the same stage last season, Liverpool were 12 points better than this time. They had also scored 16 more goals and kept the defense much tighter.
Nunez is a player Liverpool are hoping to score in the second half of the season.
The forward opened up about his difficult start in life in the Premier League with a recent interview with Sky Sports.
The striker explained: “I think he [Klopp] wants to see what he saw at Benfica, for example in the games I played against Liverpool [in the Champions League last season]when I did very well.
“I don’t think I’m playing well at the moment, but I always want to improve. I try to improve every day.
“Klopp knows my strength is my speed when running in space. He also tells me that I need to be calmer and move more while playing.
“He tells me that I need that and that I’m a player with a lot of quality. So that’s more or less what he wants from me – and of course that I score goals.”
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