Sadio Mane to leave, while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are out of contract soon – but Liverpool’s front line can still score goals if they seal Darwin Nunez transfer and play him with Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota

    The break-up of The Beatles pretty much marked the end of an era for a golden age of music in Liverpool. A new dawn is upon Liverpool Football Club now.

    Sadio Mane looks set to leave the club after six years of excellent service with German champions Bayern Munich favourites to sign him.

    Mane has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool

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    Mane has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool

    While Mane’s teammate Mohamed Salah could also be set for a Liverpool exit

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    While Mane’s teammate Mohamed Salah could also be set for a Liverpool exit

    He’s not the only forward on the way out this summer – Divock Origi was given a fine send-off after Liverpool’s final Premier League match of the season. The Belgian forward is expected to join AC Milan on a free.

    And like in all great bands, when one star goes the break-up of the entire group usually follows not long after.

    There’s seemingly been no breakthrough in the negotiations to extend Mohamed Salah’s contract at Anfield, meaning he’ll leave on a free transfer next summer as things stand.

    Meanwhile, there’s been no hint of Roberto Firmino being offered a new deal, which also expires in 2023.

    Next summer will be a nervy time for those connected with Liverpool as the stunning stats from their fab three show there will be big shoes to fill.

    The successors to Liverpool’s forwards have big shoes to fill

    The successors to Liverpool’s forwards have big shoes to fill

    However, Jurgen Klopp is doing everything he can to ensure his side doesn’t experience a decline like the Merseybeat suffered in the 1960s.

    Klopp knew Salah, Firmino and Mane weren’t going to last forever, whereas the break-up of The Beatles shook Merseyside and the music world as a whole.

    Diogo Jota was brought in in the summer of 2020, and although he struggled for form towards the end of the season, the Portuguese forward (who can play anywhere across the front line), has proved to be a super signing.

    Luis Diaz arrived in January and has made an immediate impact having muscled his way into the first-team, playing a key role in Liverpool’s exciting end to the campaign which saw them go exceptionally close to winning an unprecedented quadruple.

    Jota and Diaz have settled in very well at Anfield but might one more recruit just do the trick?

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    Jota and Diaz have settled in very well at Anfield but might one more recruit just do the trick?

    It’s been widely reported that Klopp is on the lookout for another forward, with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski understood to be weighing up moves to a number of Europe’s big hitters.

    But as Lewandowski turns 34 later this year, Klopp may be tempted to go for a frontman who has youth on their side.

    Darwin Nunez, who at 22 years old could well be the answer for Liverpool having shown he has what it takes against elite defences, scoring twice when his Benfica side met Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

    Across the Champions League Liga Portugal this season, he scored 32 in 38 games.

    Unsurprisingly many top European clubs have been linked with the Uruguayan star, including Manchester United.

    So if Liverpool want him, they better get a move on, or risk their rivals across the East Lancs Road catching up with them, similar to how Manchester’s golden age for music came after the decline of the Merseybeat.

    Nunez scored in both legs of the quarter-final tie and could complete the re-invention of Liverpool’s front line

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    Nunez scored in both legs of the quarter-final tie and could complete the re-invention of Liverpool’s front line

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