Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could both leave Anfield for nothing when their contracts expire in summer 2023, but Emile Heskey has offered his advice after the Porto win
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side clearly mean business this season.
Despite having already qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League, the Reds put in a professional performance to beat Porto 2-0 in a game where midfielder Thiago Alcantara made all the difference.
The Spain midfielder’s sweetly-struck low half-volley early in the second half wrapped the game up for the Reds and secured a record group stage points haul for the side.
And with the opportunity to challenge for more silverware in their grasp, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been given some transfer advice from club legend Emile Heskey, with both players’ contracts set to expire at the end of next season.
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Thiago ‘steals show’
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara lit up Anfield on a night where Jurgen Klopp’s men could have easily just allowed themselves to simply go through the motions.
Having already qualified for the next round, there was little riding on the game other than pride but Thiago’s moment of brilliance had long been coming.
Mirror Football has rounded up five talking points from the game, including an impressive Anfield audition for one Porto player and a verdict on one young Liverpool player’s first Anfield start.
Star man ‘makes up for lost time’
Thiago ‘gave fans something truly worth seeing at Anfield’ during the win over Porto, according to Mirror Football’s northern correspondent David Maddock.
The midfielder’s strike was easily the highlight of the night, with Thiago finally showing his mettle after a difficult time on Anfield so far.
And the win demonstrated the Red’s ‘promising future’ as well as its ‘here and now’, according to Mirror Football’s man at Anfield.
Salah and Mane’s transfer advice
Liverpool legend Emile Heskey has given his advice to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, with both stars nearing the end of their contracts at Anfield.
Both Salah and Mane could wind up free agents if they do not agree to new deals before the summer of 2023, meaning the club could even take the extraordinary decision to cash in on them next summer rather than lose them for nothing.
But Heskey has told both players what they should do, and whether he expects to see them leave the Anfield club.