Former Everton striker Andy Gray believes it would be a herculean task for Liverpool to keep their star forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane beyond this summer.

Mane has been with the Reds since 2016 when he joined the side from Premier League rivals Southampton and has been a key member of the Anfield outfit since his arrival.

The Senegal international has forged a productive partnership with Salah, who teamed up with the club in 2017 from Serie A side AS Roma.

Gray feels the Reds could lose the African stars before long and Salah has previously stated his uncertainly in continuing his stay at Afield.

“I’ve been saying to you for some time I think he [Salah] will leave Liverpool sooner rather than later and I think Mane might also,” Gray told beIN Sports.

“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. 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.”