Monday 23 September 2019

Mane commits to Reds for the long term

Liverpool's Sadio Mane. Photo: PA
Liverpool's Sadio Mane. Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

Sadio Mane wants to commit his future to Liverpool and is on the verge of signing a new contract.

A verbal agreement has been reached on a deal that will keep Mane at the club until at least 2023, with only the formalities of putting pen to paper to be completed.

The Senegal striker is the last of the club's famed attacking trio to pledge the peak years of his career to Jurgen Klopp's side.

It represents another important and shrewd piece of business by Liverpool as they retain the core of Klopp's developing side.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino signed five-year deals during the summer and owners Fenway Sports Group have been in talks with Mane's representatives since the end of last season.

Those talks took longer than anticipated but have yielded the result Klopp hoped for.

Mane's salary will rise to reflect his increased value to the club.

Firmino was rewarded with a £180,000-a-week (€205,000) contract and Salah also received a spectacular wage increase. Mane's deal is sure to take him into the same ballpark.

Having delivered so many thrilling performances since his £34 million move from Southampton in 2016 - Mane was Liverpool's player of the year in his first season - the new deal will represent a just reward for the 26-year-old.

Although he was eclipsed by Salah's scoring exploits last season, Mane increased his goal and assist rate in his second year.

He has seven goals in this campaign, despite a broad consensus that Liverpool's front three have not yet found their best form in helping their side to second in the Premier League.

Mane is unlikely to be the last significant contract extension, given the form and importance of so many members of Klopp's side.

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