Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been making all the headlines after his stunning second goal against Chelsea at the weekend.
The Egyptian ace is considered the star man for Jurgen Klopp’s side after bagging over 50 Premier League goals in just two seasons at Anfield.
But Reds legend Jamie Carragher revealed he reckons fellow frontman Sadio Mane is more valuable to the club – and he’d rather Salah leave Anfield than the Senegalese star.
Speaking on Monday Night Football ahead of Watford vs Arsenal , Carragher hailed the former Southampton man as the catalyst of Liverpool’s transformation under Jurgen Klopp.
And he feels the importance of star wide players makes him a more valuable part of Klopp’s title charge given he’s just one goal short of Salah this season despite not operating in a central role.
“Salah,” Carragher said when asked if he had to hypothetically lose one of Mane or Salah.
“I’m a massive fan of Mane.
“People talk about Jurgen Klopp, the signings of Salah, van Dijk, unbelievable.
“Mane is the one that got Liverpool back.
“If you think, he was Klopp’s first big signing, paid £30m.
“He was the signing that got Liverpool into the top four.
“The next season it was the Champions League final, this season it’s challenging for the title.
“He’s the one who has been there since the very start.
“If Liverpool or Man City win the league, a lot of it is going to be down to the wide players.
“When we (Liverpool) challenged you (Man Utd) in 2009, we didn’t have that wide player.
“I’m not just talking about these teams, if you go through history of the teams that win a title, the wide players stand out massively.
“I’d go as far as to say, I think if we’d have had Sadio Mane in that team in 2009 we’d have possibly won the league.
“If you have a player getting 20 goals from a wide position, it makes a massive difference.”
Carragher also pointed out Mane’s vital goals, having bagged the first goal in seven Liverpool games since January 30.
“Why I’m talking him up so much, it’s not just the goals he’s scored, it’s the important of goals,” he stated.
“It’s not just scoring, being top of the charts, getting goals when it’s 4-0 and banging a couple in at the end of the game, it’s the importance of the goals Mane is getting.
“You think about it and I think sometimes he goes under the radar. You’ve got Salah, van Dijk at the back, the goalkeeper.
“Liverpool are going for a first title in almost 30 years. He’s the best wide player Liverpool have had for 30 years.
“You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a wide player like that.”