Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been issued a transfer warning about Reds duo Mohamed Salah without Sadio Mane by former Reds striker El Hadji-Diouf.
El-Hadji Diouf has told Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that he cannot have Mohamed Salah without Sadio Mane or vice versa.
The duo have been pivotal to the Reds’ success over the last two seasons, supplying a combined 124 goals and 46 assists in that time across all competitions.
Salah and Mane helped Liverpool to win the Champions League last season and lift their sixth European Cup, while they have lost just one of their last 42 league matches, winning 34 of those and amassing 109 points – more than any other club in the division over the same timeframe.
Such has been their lethal form in front of goal, they shared the Premier League Golden Boot last season, along with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after notching 22 goals apiece.
Their goalscoring efforts have continued this season, with Mane boasting four goals and Salah sitting on three after just five competitive matches.
But Diouf – who was considerably less prolific in an underwhelming two-season spell at Anfield that yielded six goals in 80 games – has warned Klopp that he cannot afford to lose either of the pair.
That follows claims from Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville in early August that he could “absolutely guarantee” that Salah will leave Liverpool next summer.
“You can’t have one without the other,” Diouf told FIFA.com about Salah and Mane.
“Anyone who follows football closely will tell you that their presence in the top 10 is not even up for debate,” he added.
“But beyond the logic of it, it’s also nice to see. They are both wonderful standard-bearers for African football. We’re very proud of them.”
Both Salah and Mane are under contract with the Merseyside outfit until 2023 with Liverpool understandably desperate to keep their two stars.
And the Egyptian attacker recently reassured Liverpool fans that he is delighted to be at the club.
He told CNN: “I’m happy at Liverpool. I’m happy in the city – I love the fans and they love me. I’m happy at the club.”