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‘Keeping Mane, Salah & Firmino is Liverpool’s most important business’

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Robbie Fowler urged Liverpool to make keeping Mane, Salah and Firmino a top priority this summer amid interest from European heavyweights.

Plans for the next season are underway as Liverpool have already won the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion.

But while the Reds are understandably flushed in their latest success, it’s never too early to think about what lies ahead in their quest to defend the title for next season.

Chelsea have already spent big on signing the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. While Manchester City and Manchester United will probably invest this summer as well.

All of this is so they can challenge the Reds next season, so what’s the plan over at Anfield?

Fowler has attempted to answer this by suggesting the left-back and centre-back are the only areas that Liverpool need to strengthen.

For the former striker, however, keeping Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is perhaps a bigger priority than anything else.

Reports have frequently linked the trio with big-money moves away from England.

“I think with Liverpool now, one of the problems that they have had this year, and it’s not a big problem per se, they’ve probably lacked a little bit of squad depth,” Fowler told Stadium Astro.

“The lads that have come in have done extremely well and have been consistent but when obviously Robbo [Andy Robertson] was out injured for a while or he was suspended, we probably struggled in the left-back area.

“But finding players to come and fill these positions when they know they’re not guaranteed to play, it’s tough.

“But you look at [Joe] Gomez with [Virgil] van Dijk at the back, both brilliant players, but maybe you look at someone to partner Van Dijk as well.

“I’m sure Sadio, I’m sure Mo and even [Roberto] Firmino will get linked with other clubs as well so I think it’s a case of making sure we keep what we’ve got as well, that’s probably more important.”