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  • David Tyrer

Andy Gray laughably claims Mane and Salah could now ask to leave LFC

Ever since he was sacked by Sky Sports for being a misogynistic gobshite, Andy Gray has let his hate for Liverpool shine through.

He no doubt regrets his now iconic commentary of Liverpool's 3-1 win over Olympiakos but he's more than made up for it in the years since.

Today, quotes have emerged from an interview he gave with beIN SPORTS that he reckons both Salah and Mane could now ask to leave Liverpool.

He said: "I've been saying to you for some time I think he will leave Liverpool sooner rather than later and I think Mane might also.

"If [Salah] told Liverpool 'by the way, I'm off this summer', I think they've got a real battle on their hands.

"I don't think Liverpool can afford to lose both of them.

"I don't know what their contract terms are, I'm not sure how long each has got."

It's been said as recently as the weekend that a number of our players, Virgil being another one, could now seek different (or the implied 'bigger') challenges abroad, having won the lot at Anfield.

But that raises a question that Jamie Carragher once asked years ago: (to paraphrase) where do you go from Liverpool? The only way you go is down. And now that has never been more true.

Where do you go from the World, European and English champions? How do you top a team that won the league by 99 points? Down. That's the answer.

He goes on to state that Mane might also ask to leave, if Salah was to go. Quite where the logic there is, I don't know, but that's Gray for you.

He continued: "I guess Mane [would] come up and say: 'Well, if he's going I want to go as well'. It's a double battle.

"You only hope if you're Liverpool that the success they've had - Champions League victory last year, championship this year - that that would be enough to keep them at the club.

"But we know foreign footballers have a different view of the Real Madrids and the Barcelonas of this world.

"They desperately want to play for them, desperately."

You have to love the generalisation from Gray about 'foreign footballers', but you'd expect nothing more. It's also of little surprise that a former Bluenose would understand nothing about what brings players to Anfield. And then what makes them stay.

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