Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has warned the club that they first need to sign a replacement for Sadio Mane before they can consider selling him to a major European rival.
The Senegalese forward has been a key driving force behind Liverpool’s rise to prominence and – should the season resume after the coronavirus epidemic – he will be a deserved recipient of a Premier League winners’ medal.
However, Mane is a man in demand, with the likes of Real Madrid said to be keen on prising him away from Anfield. The chance to play in the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane may prove a very tempting offer for the Teranga Lions star.
“That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner,” Nichol said of Mane’s possible move, as quoted by Tribal Football.
“Unfortunately there aren’t many [players like Werner] around. What if Werner wants to go elsewhere?
“The way it’s being talked about is if it’s done. ‘Timo Werner says he wants to go, so it’s done’.
“Guess what, there was a guy called Kylian Mbappe who told everyone he wanted to go to Real Madrid, he ended up at PSG.”
RB Leipzig striker Werner has recently admitted that he is proud to be linked with Liverpool, while Reds fans will hope that the German is brought to the club to add depth to their attacking options rather than as a replacement for Mane.