‘It’s something they need to address’: Michael Owen warns Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp he will be forced to REPLACE the Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino for three at a time
- Liverpool’s formidable trio sacked them to the Premier League title in 2019-20
- But Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all 29 years old now
- And ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen thinks their partnership has an expiration date
Michael Owen has warned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that he will have to replace their front three in one go.
The formidable Mohamed Salah-Sadio Mane-Roberto Firmino triumvirate helped the Reds to the Premier League title in 2019-20.
But all three are now 29 years old and Owen told BT Sport he believes the partnership has an expiration date.
Michael Owen warned Jurgen Klopp that he will have to replace his front three (above) in one go
Former Reds striker Owen spoke to AC Milan before their Champions League clash
He said, ‘I think they’re going to handle it. The problem is that everyone gets too old at the same time, the first three are actually all the same age.
‘You have to – punches – replace all three. If there is an excess at the same time, Klopp must do something about it.”
While the trio are currently showing no signs of slowing down, the forwards are dwindling into their early to mid-thirties, and Liverpool’s other forwards may not be standard for winning titles.
Manager Jurgen Klopp does not have an adequate backup for the front three – all 29 – aside from perhaps Diogo Jota, 24, with doubts about Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi
The £40m signing Diogo Jota, 24, has added competition and versatility up front, but striker Divock Origi and midfielders Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have not suggested they could take over from the current front three.
Fellow expert Rio Ferdinand added: ‘There is a place for experience and a place for young people.
“You could say they could have invested a little more, added a little more competition at the forefront. You would like to have the ability to flex your muscles a bit.”