- Liverpool will reward Sadio Mane’s outstanding contribution with a massive deal
- Mane is not requesting an improvement on his current £100K per-week contract
- The Senegalese is expected to join Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing his future
Last season's Champions League finalists Liverpool are packaging a special bumper deal to appreciate Sadio Mane’s contributions to the Jurgen Klopp’s team.
According to a Daily Mail report, the Senegal international has improved the Reds squad since Liverpool coughed out about £30million to seal a move away from Southampton two seasons ago.
The Senegalese has three years left on his current deal and is not requesting for an improvement on his current contract, which is reportedly close to £100,000 per week.
However, eggheads of the side who recently hiked up the deals of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have informed Mane’s agent Sasha Empacher they will be extending his deal in no time following the role he played as the Kop side reached the Champions League final last term.
Interestingly, Mane’s agent who equally oversees Liverpool’s new boy Naby Keita was in New Jersey last Wednesday to watch the club’s friendly against Manchester City and used the opportunity to hold talks with Klopp and Sporting Director Michael Edwards.
At the last count, the Senegalese was reportedly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in June but the move never saw the light of the day as the value of the 26-year-old kept going up.
The Anfield side encountered a similar scenario 12 months ago while attempting to keep hold of Brazil star Philippe Coutinho but Klopp believes they have moved on.
“This is what I have meant when I spoke about the mood in the club – that's not only in the stands,” said Klopp, who is at the head of a 29-man Liverpool squad to France for a training camp. “We are Liverpool as a team and the boys want to be part of it.
“That's really cool and it's a big achievement for the club. These boys – Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – and a lot of the others as well, could play for pretty much any team in the world. That's how it is and a good sign for the club.
“It is an improved situation that these players don't use us and then go. It's cool but now we all together have to deliver. Sign your contracts but now, go again. Play and fight, run and shoot, all that stuff. That's football.”
Coutinho sealed a move to Barcelona in a deal valued at £146million in January. Immediately, the Reds attempted to bring in Nabil Fekir from Lyon to be fill the void in June but when that deal failed on medical grounds, the German looked inwards to make up for Coutinho’s void.
“The biggest thing we did in the second half of last season was that we didn't need to speak too much about Phil,” said Klopp.
“That wasn't clear in January. How could we have known that? We wish him well. We don't need to replace Phil. We need to make a squad for the next year.
“Out there on the market, there isn't a Phil Coutinho-lite. It's not there. But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-1 in a pre-season friendly played in the United States.
Jose Mourinho's side went behind from a Sadio Mane's spot-kick after Mohamed Salah was brought down in the box.
But three minutes later Andreas Pereira leveled matters from an emphatic free-kick giving the goalkeeper no chance.
The second half was also action packed as the Merseyside team went ahead again six minutes after the hour mark. Xherdan Shaqiri showed good strength and power to lay the ball down for arriving Daniel Sturridge who slammed home his shot.
It became 2-1 to Liverpool. In the 74th minute, Liverpool extended their lead through Seyi Ojo, as the former England U-20 international buried the ball calmly from a penalty to make it 3-1 before newly signed Shaqiri added the fourth on the 82nd minute to cement a 4-1 win.