Arsenal legend Paul Merson reckons Liverpool promoting Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the summertime was the “worst enterprise EVER”.
The Reds have struggled within the Senegalese star’s absence, with Jurgen Klopp’s males down in ninth after their opening seven Premier League video games.
Liverpool have gained simply twice within the top-flight to this point – a 9-0 demolition job of Bournemouth together with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Newcastle.
However they’ve been affected by inconsistent performances leading to them dropping factors in opposition to Fulham, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Everton and Brighton.
They had been main the Seagulls heading into the closing levels of Saturday’s 3-3 draw earlier than Leandro Trossard popped up together with his hat-trick strike within the 83rd minute.
Liverpool are actually 11 factors behind table-toppers Arsenal forward of their journey to the Emirates to face Mikel Arteta’s males on Sunday.
And former Gunners star Merson has said that Mane’s £35m change to Bayern has performed an enormous position in Liverpool’s stoop, as they miss his relentless urgent alongside together with his objectives.
Writing in his Sky Sports activities column, Merson mentioned: “I’ve mentioned it from day one, in my view, promoting Sadio Mane was the worst enterprise ever.
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“The bloke scores massive, massive objectives. Undergo them, first objectives, equalisers, successful objectives in final minutes, massive objectives.
“He led from the entrance together with his closing down, and for me, what they offered him for, I simply didn’t get it.
“Darwin Nunez isn’t in the identical league in the mean time. Not in the identical league in any respect. Their issues on the again begin from the entrance.
“They’re not closing down as a unit – you possibly can go on about how gifted that entrance three was, however they closed down from the entrance. It solely took yet another go, and so they’d rating.
“Now they don’t – so groups get by way of that press, if there may be one, then they’re right into a midfield three which isn’t one of the best within the nation, and then you definately’re operating on the again 4.
“What number of gamers have run at [Virgil] Van Dijk this season, in comparison with the final three or 4 years?
“It doesn’t matter how good a participant you might be if you’ve bought folks operating at you left, proper and centre.
“I’m not a stats individual, so I’m simply going off the highest of my head – however for me, Mane was a giant, massive participant for Liverpool.
“To promote him for £30m-odd, which on the planet of the Premier League is a cup of tea, wouldn’t they’ve been higher off to maintain him and let him go without cost?
“It’s come again to chunk them and will price them much more than £30m by the tip of the season.”