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1 Jun 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool keen to sign 'fantastic' £40m attacker who smashed Prem record for hat-tricks

Not another Southampton player (!) In the last two years, Liverpool have signed four Saints players at a cost of £62m, and new reports suggests that Jurgen Klopp is now tracking 'fantastic' Southampton attacker Sadio Mane.

According to The Guardian:

"Jürgen Klopp, who is in the market for a forward who suits his high-intensity pressing game [and] Liverpool are considering a move for Sadio Mané".

The Telegraph further adds:

"With two years left on his contract, Mané, if he ever goes, will be Southampton’s biggest ever sale, valued at up to £40m".

Stats for Southampton:

* 25 goals/14 assists in 75 games (Goal every 215 mins. G/A every goal/assist every 138 mins).

* This Season: 15 goals/9 assists in 43 games (Goel every goal every 207 mins. G/A every 135 mins.

* May 2015: Scored a Premier League hat-trick in 2 minutes and 56 seconds, and broke Robbie Fowler's long standing record in the process.

Mane's stats are good, but they're not £40m good, and for that price, Liverpool should be able to find an even more prolific attacker. For me, the more concerning issue is the Reds' continued (and counter-productive) financing of Southampton's rise up the table.

* 2013-14: Liverpool finish second in the league, and sign Lambert, Lallana, and Lovren (Combined cost: £50m). Southampton finish 8th on 56 points.

* 2014-15: Despite signing the Saints' best performing players, Liverpool regress to 6th in the league on 62 points. Southampton, meanwhile, improve on the previous season, and finish 7th, just two points behind the Reds.

* 2015-16: Southampton finish 6th (three points and two places above Liverpool), and qualify for Europe.

In the space of two years, Liverpool have basically bankrolled Southampton's resurgence, and engaged in a regression-inducing act of self-sabotage. Handing the the club another another huge chunk of cash will just make it easier for Ronald Koeman to solidify the Saints' position in the top six (probably at LFC's expense).

On this basis, I vote NO to signing Sadio Mane (!)


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