Jamie Carragher replies when asked if Liverpool star is more important than Philippe Coutinho
The Liverpool legend believes Sadio Mane is now more important to Jurgen Klopp than Philippe Coutinho
Jamie Carragher has described Sadio Mane as a more important player to Liverpool than Philippe Coutinho.
La Liga giants Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move to sign the Brazil international in the summer transfer window.
Coutinho handed in a transfer request earlier this month as the 25-year-old attacker looked to force through a move to the Catalan outfit.
Four-time European champions Barcelona issued a deadline for Liverpool to accept their £118m offer for the South American midfielder.
The Merseyside outfit rejected the La Liga outfit’s offer and Jurgen Klopp will now be tasked with integrating Coutinho back into the Liverpool team.
The Brazilian scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season.
Mane matched Coutinho’s goal tally in his first campaign at Anfield following a £30m switch to Liverpool from Southampton last summer.
The Senegal international has already netted two goals in two Premier League games against Watford and Crystal Palace.
Former Liverpool legend Carragher believes Mane has become Klopp’s most important player.
“I’d make an argument for that, especially with the way Jurgen Klopp likes to play. I think he’s massively important,” Carragher told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.
“You see the goals that he’s got and his goals record for a wide player is phenomenal since he’s come to the club.
“All the other players on the list are top strikers in the Premier League. For Mane to be there, it shows his impact.
“If you compare him to Coutinho, who is a fantastic player which is why Barcelona want him, but if he carries on the way he is going, the top clubs around Europe will be looking at him because he has been a revelation since he came in.”
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in a £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.
The Brazil midfielder is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware at Anfield.