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Most fans would say that Coutinho is the most important player in the Liverpool squad but Dean Saunders have a preference for Sadio Mane instead, and that is the honest truth.
Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has claimed that he would go for Sadio Mane instead of Philippe Coutinho if he was asked to choose between buying the two.
Coutinho was strongly linked with a big-money move to Barcelona in the summer, but the Reds reportedly rejected three bids, despite the player handing in a transfer request.
Barca chief executive Oscar Grau has claimed that the club makes another offer for the Brazilian in the January transfer window, but Saunders has suggested that Mane holds more value for Liverpool.
The Senegal international has become an integral player in Jurgen Klopp’s team since he transferred to Anfield from Southampton in 2016.
“If you ask me who I want, Coutinho or Mane, I’d pick Mane, for whatever team,” Saunders told talkSPORT. “If you could only have one or the other [I’d take Mane].
“He’s that good and [his injury is] a massive blow for Liverpool because he’s the pace across the top of the pitch. He’s the man who runs in behind defenses and he makes Liverpool a different proposition.”
Mane, who has found the net 16 times and created eight assists in the Premier League since his move to Anfield, will be sidelined for six weeks due to a hamstring injury that he picked up on international duty during the weekend.