Liverpool: Paul Merson admits he fears Jurgen Klopp’s team without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

‘Take two from Liverpool and it’s completely different’: Paul Merson admits he fears a Jurgen Klopp team without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, says they lack depth compared to Manchester City and Chelsea

  • Liverpool drew 0-0 with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-finals
  • Both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane play in the African Cup of Nations
  • Paul Merson has admitted that he fears the club without the main strikers
  • He referred to the depth of the team in Manchester City and Chelsea in comparison











Paul Merson admitted that he fears for Liverpool without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and believes that Jurgen Klopp’s team is a different beast without its key players, unlike Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Reds were frustrated after their goalless draw with Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, with Salah and Mane absent due to the African Nations Cup.

Speaking after the match, the expert compared Merson to Liverpool’s handful of heavyweight rivals in the Premier League to point out their lack of squad depth.

Paul Merson admitted that he fears Liverpool without the two stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

‘My biggest concern if you are a Liverpool fan? Salah and Mane, he said on Sky Sports.

If they play tonight, that’s a different story. It just shows you. I watch the other teams play; I watch Man City – you can take two players out of their team; You can take two from Chelsea. Take two from Liverpool, and it’s completely different.

Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino were chosen instead to lead the streak, but neither of them managed to smash a stubborn Arsenal side, despite being reduced to 10 men after Granit Zakka was sent off.

Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations, and was notably absent from the draw with Arsenal

Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations, and was notably absent from the draw with Arsenal

By contrast, Salah scored 23 goals in all competitions, and the star also scored nine assists. Meanwhile, his teammate Mane scored 10 goals – eight of them were in the first division – and made one to his name.

Jamie Carragher agreed with Merson’s comments, and believes the club he has represented for decades may also find themselves traumatized by their lack of options beyond their usual first-team faces.

“Liverpool have always had 13 or 14 great players that they can really count on,” he said.

“When you look at Chelsea, with Ziyech and Pulisic or Mount or Werner or Lukaku, there is not much difference.

Merson says Jurgen Klopp's side are a tough beast without both key players

Merson says Jurgen Klopp’s side are a tough beast without both key players

Mane (left) and Salah will remain in the African Nations Cup for a number of weeks in a blow to Liverpool

Mane (left) and Salah will remain in the African Nations Cup for a number of weeks in a blow to Liverpool

“The important thing I wouldn’t say is that Liverpool have been lucky, but the great thing about Salah and Mane is that they never get injured. They play every game.

They’ve been here five or six years now, two of them, you rarely ever see. And I think that’s probably the most important thing in football, to get the players on the field. But that would be a concern.

The Africa Cup of Nations final begins on February 6, meaning Liverpool may have to prepare for the coming weeks with Salah and Mane remaining out of international service.

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