Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has warned the Reds about selling star Sadio Mane this summer amid talk the forward could join Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Mane has been one of Jurgen Klopp’s key men as Liverpool have dominated world football over the past 12 months.
The Reds have won the Champions League and Club World Cup and are on course to win a first English top-flight title in 30 years.
Mane has been utilised in a highly-effective three-pronged attack alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The 28-year-old’s form has attracted the likes of Real and Barcelona, who are considering a summer swoop.
But Aldridge does not think Liverpool need to sell such a key player when they are riding high.
“Liverpool shouldn’t be too worried about Mane’s situation,” Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“They have never before been in such a strong position to be able to keep hold of their best players.
“Indeed, now would be the worst time for them to start potentially cashing in.
“Mane has probably been our best player this season. And what’s more, he can get even better next season and perhaps even win the Champions League again.”
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Mane has recently revealed that it is his dream to one day win the highly prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Some think a move to La Liga will heighten the Senegalese star’s hopes of claiming the golden ball.
But Aldridge has warned the attacker about the possibility of flopping like Philippe Coutinho, who moved to the Nou Camp two years ago.
“Not all who leave Liverpool go on to struggle,” Aldridge added. “Look at Raheem Sterling at Manchester City.
“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 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 clubs on the planet and, of course, are world champions.”
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