Legend Barnes reveals reason why both Salah and Mane will leave Liverpool
Liverpool legend John Barnes can see the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane leaving Liverpool if they are offered ridiculous salaries elsewhere.
Salah and Mane have developed into two of the best attackers in the game under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and are two of the main reasons why they are European Champions, and on the verge of becoming Premier League Champions.
However, Barnes has come out and claimed that even though winning trophies will go a long way into keeping hold of the big players, when other clubs offer bigger salaries, it will be very hard to keep hold of players like Mane and Salah.
‘Every club is a selling club in modern football. A club like Barcelona was forced to sell Neymar,’ Barnes told WION.
‘What attracts footballers today is the salaries that they are going to get. Whoever the player may be, whether it be Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, if anyone is offered a million pounds per week by any club, then they will join that team regardless of their quality or standing, that is the reality of modern football.
‘We have had so many fantastic players leave the Liverpool – Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho. It is great that Liverpool have a bit of muscle now because of the on-field success, but ultimately players come and players go.’
Barnes does believe that Klopp can keep players in check and would be prepared to let them go at the right time, as he did with Coutinho.
‘I always tell the fans to support the club and not the players. A player must not be compelled to stay at a club against his own will, because that will make the player feel more powerful than the club and hence it will make him less accountable for his performances on the pitch.
‘The good thing is that I can guarantee that such a situation will not arise under Klopp because of the control he has over the players and the club. Players know they cannot overstep their mark with him in charge.’
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