Liverpool hero John Aldridge insists Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should stay at Anfield and resist the lure of Barcelona or Real Madrid, because they are “in transition”.
The two Reds forwards have both been linked with the Spanish giants given their sublime form on Merseyside.
Salah has managed 77 goals and 32 assists in 116 matches across all competitions in two seasons for Liverpool while Mane, having played at the club for an extra year, has managed 67 goals and 24 assists in 134 games.
The two have established themselves among the world’s best forwards, having shared the Premier League Golden Boot last term and helped the Merseyside giants to win the Champions League.
They have also played a crucial part in Liverpool’s current eight-point lead at the summit of the league table alongside Roberto Firmino, making up arguably the best front three in world football.
Liverpool have won 17 straight top-flights matches ahead of their clash with Manchester United this Sunday (4.30pm), with Mane managing 13 goals and three assists and Salah producing nine goals and six assists during that run.
Naturally, their remarkable statistics see them touted as possible targets for La Liga heavyweights Barca and Real Madrid, who are no stranger to poaching the Premier League’s finest talents.
But Aldridge insists neither should be keen on a move to the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu – because they’re perfectly placed to win just as much silverware at Liverpool.
If you want to win big trophies, you’ve got as much chance here as you have over there, if not more
“Unless they like good weather, there’s not a lot of reason to leave, is there?” Aldridge told Goal.
“Barcelona and Real Madrid? Fantastic clubs, but we are up with them at the moment.
“If you want to win big trophies, you’ve got as much chance here as you have over there, if not more.
“Those clubs are in transition. We are not.”
Mane recently received major praise from Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva, who thinks the Senegalese forward should be in the conversation to beat Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and team-mate Virgil van Dijk to the Ballon d’Or.
“Sadio Mane is a world-class player,” he said. “He is almost perfect.
“He moves very fast, controls the ball well and is very intelligent in his movements.
“With what he has achieved this year, I think he deserves to be in the discussion for the Ballon d’Or.”
Salah and Mane are both looking to score at Old Trafford for the first time in their careers, with Klopp having yet to guide Liverpool to victory at the home of their arch rivals from four attempts, drawing three times including in a Europa League round of 16 second-leg in March 2016.
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