“Massive miss” – Watch Paul Merson explains why he is worried for Liverpool ahead of next season
Former Arsenal midfielder and Sky Sports analyst Paul Merson said he is “worried” about Liverpool now that Sadio Mane has left.
Mane decided to move from Anfield to the Allianz Arena earlier this month, finalizing a transfer to Bayern Munich valued at about £35 million. After six years, the deal put an end to his time with the Reds.
Darwin Nunez, a striker from Uruguay, was quickly acquired by Liverpool for an initial £64.2 million from SL Benfica.
With additions, the sum might reach about £85 million. In 41 games in all competitions in the 2021–22 season, Nunez scored 34 goals.
Merson thinks Mane’s absence might have an impact on Jurgen Klopp’s team despite the fresh acquisition.
The Liverpool Echo reported his response to the question of how the Senegalese forward’s departure will impact the Reds as follows:
“Massive miss, massive. I worry for Liverpool because they’ve got an unbelievable manager, but people forget Mane was a big game player.”
“Big game player who scored big goals in football matches. It wasn’t the third, fourth, fifth in a 5-0 win, it was the winning goal, the goal that took the lead or the equaliser – they’re the goals I look out for.”
“I don’t look for [if] he got a hat-trick but got the fourth, fifth, and sixth in a 7-1 win for me they’re nothing goals.
“He got big football goals and this lad Nunez has got to hit the ground running like (Luis) Diaz and this doesn’t happen in the Premier League.”