Carragher; ‘Mane More Important to Liverpool than Coutinho’
Ex Liverpool defender insists that Sadio Mane is more important to Liverpool’s attack than Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho has been subject to 3 large bids from Barcelona during this summer and, despite Liverpool’s resistance, has submitted a transfer request.
Coutinho has yet to appear for The Reds this season, citing a back injury. But Liverpool have not suffered in front of goal, putting 3 past Watford on the opening day, scoring 2 in Hoffenheim in their Champions League qualifier and beating Crystal Palace by a solitary goal on Saturday.
Carragher, who represented the club for almost 20 years, thinks Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is the more important player to Liverpool’s attack, telling Sky Sports, “I'd make an argument for that, especially with the way Jurgen Klopp likes to play. I think he's massively important.
“You see the goals that he's got and his goals record for a wide player is phenomenal since he's come to the club. All the other players on the list are top strikers in the Premier League. For Mane to be there, it shows his impact.
“If you compare him to Coutinho, who is a fantastic player which is why Barcelona want him, but if he carries on the way he is going, the top clubs around Europe will be looking at him because he has been a revelation since he came in.”
However, Carragher is convinced by Liverpool’s resolve and thinks they will hang onto Coutinho- for this season at least- “They will hang onto Coutinho now, of course. I don't think there is any doubt now.
“I said a few weeks ago that they can't sell him, but the problem is it becomes more political rather than the business of it.”