The legendary Ian Rush finds it simply “impossible” to decide on who is more critical for Liverpool’s title ambitions between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
After seven years without silverware, the Reds are firmly in the hunt for glory in the Premier League and Champions League this season.
Manager Jurgen Klopp broke the bank last summer in a bid to bolster his squad, with new boys like Alisson Becker and Fabinho emerging as prominent members in the line-up.
But this season has also seen Mane take his game up to a whole new level, with the Senegal international scoring 22 goals in 42 games for Liverpool.
Mane, who was voted the Premier League’s Player of the Month for March, has helped Liverpool retake top spot in the league standings by firing in seven goals in as many games.
This has reportedly attracted the attention of Real Madrid, who have also allegedly kept a keen eye on Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Salah.
The Egyptian forward has failed to reach the same heights of last season at Anfield, but he’s still managed to deliver 23 goals in his 46 games this term.
Therefore, Rush simply cannot pick between Salah and Mane in terms of who will be the key man in Liverpool’s hunt for glory.
“You’d probably say game-to-game Mane has been Liverpool’s forward player of the season but then I think Salah is still the one that could win them the league,” Rush told Sky Sports.
“Salah was out of this world last year. I’m not sure if he got the recognition he deserved but he was never going to score as many goals as he did last season.
“I think the goals against Southampton, and in particular Chelsea – where he went off late on to a standing ovation – have been a real pick-up for him, confidence-wise.
“I think he has become a more complete footballer this season because he always seems to have two players marking him now. He’s adapted to that and it has probably given Mane more space which he has benefitted from.
“But it’s impossible to choose one of them. If I had to choose, I’d choose them both!”
Rush is Liverpool’s all-time record scorer with 346 goals in 660 appearances across all competitions.
Klopp’s side will take a trip to Cardiff City for their next Premier League match on Sunday evening.