Amid reports linking Liverpool star Sadio Mane with a sensational move to FC Barcelona, the Senegal international has been warned against making the switch by a Reds legend.
Mane's form for Liverpool since the start of last season, which includes a haul of 44 goals in 88 appearances, has seen him linked with a mega-money transfer to Barcelona, but ex-Reds star John Aldridge has warned him against making the move.
"When things are going well, you just have to enjoy it, and I'm sure Mane has been over the past 18 months," he shared in his Liverpool Echo column.
"That said, if players really want to leave, then it's hard to keep them in the modern era. But Mane doesn't seem the type. Whenever I've spoken to him, he seems very humble and doesn't seem someone who would agitate for a move like other players, such as Fernando Torres.
"And don't forget, even if the Reds forward moves to Barcelona, for example, he'd still have to overcome Messi. Mane can win the Ballon d'Or as he's a great player. And he has as much chance winning it while at Liverpool than anywhere else."
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Aldridge also warned the reigning CAF Footballer of the Year against making the same mistake as Philippe Coutinho, whose 2018 move from Liverpool to Barca turned sour after less than two full seasons.
"Not all who leave Liverpool go on to struggle, look at Raheem Sterling at Manchester City," the former Republic of Ireland international admitted.
"But Philippe Coutinho is a great example in recent times of where it can go wrong. He was at the pinnacle of his career when he left Liverpool for Barcelona, but it has all since fallen somewhat flat.
"What's more, Liverpool are a better team than either Barcelona or Real (Madrid) at present. Look, I have a lot of feeling for Barcelona in particular. When I played in Spain, I used to love going there and it was a lucky ground for me.
"But the Premier League is the best league in the world – okay, we might not have the best weather! – and Liverpool are one of the best clubs on the planet and, of course, are world champions."
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