Graeme Souness: Liverpool’s most important player isn’t Philippe Coutinho
The Liverpool legend believes the Reds should consider a deal for Philippe Coutinho given Sadio Mane is their best player
Graeme Souness has hailed Sadio Mane as Liverpool’s most-important player ahead of Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds are fending off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the Liverpool number 10 in the current transfer window.
Barcelona have reportedly failed with bids of £80m and £90m to sign the 25-year-old attacking midfielder so far.
Coutinho scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season to help Liverpool to secure fourth spot.
However, Mane played a vital role in their campaign, too, after the Senegal international netted 13 times and made five goals in his first campaign following a £30m deal last summer.
The African forward has already opened his account for the 2017-18 campaign with a superb solo goal in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Watford in their Premier League opener.
Former Liverpool captain Souness believes Mane is now more important to manager Jurgen Klopp than Coutinho, and as a result, the Reds should consider a big-money offer for the Brazilian midfielder.
“I’d snap their hand off for £100m [for Coutinho]. He isn’t the most important player they’ve got,” Souness told Irish television station TV3.
“If you’re asking me who is the most important player at Liverpool at the moment, it’s Mane. He gets more goals. He is more threatening. The end product is more about Mane.”
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.
The Reds will host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon after the Eagles lost 3-0 to Huddersfield Town in their first game of the new season.