Ex-Reds captain excludes Salah & Mane from Klopp era greats

Ex-Reds captain excludes Salah & Mane from Klopp era greats
Sadio Mane

by Thando Mpembe

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024. 11:00

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has ‘looked passed’ the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in a chat regarding some of the greatest talents to have played under Jurgen Klopp.

With Klopp announcing that he would be ending his successful nine-year spell with the English giants at the end of the campaign, Thompson recently highlighted who he believes was Liverpool’s best player during the German mentor’s spell in England.

According to the 70-year-old, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino ticked all the boxes as the best player to have played under Klopp and mentioned that he was the creative force alongside Salah and Mane.

“Get this – with Virgil van Dijk and the great centre-backs, Bobby Firmino was my best player throughout this time,” Thompson said on Football’s Greatest Podcast, as per the Empire of the Klopp.

“He was so exciting, twinkle-toes. He was the Ian Rush of that trio of Bobby, Mo and Sadio [Mane].

“Bobby was wonderful, but would he be in this list? Probably no, and that sounds awful from a player who was my favourite being a fan. I didn’t want him to leave because he brought some great memories.”


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