Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane does not have any need to leave Liverpool for Barcelona, John Aldridge has said.
John believes the EPL leaders are better than Barcelona right now and the African would have to overcome Messi to stand out at the club.
According to him, Liverpool should not be worried about the reports because they are in a strong position to be able to keep hold of their best players due to their current form in football.
He added that Liverpool is a better team than either Barcelona or Real at present so any move for the Senegalese would be a downgrade.
His words, “The release of the documentary tracking the career and life story of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has got people talking.
“Not least the part where he makes a vow to people in his Senegalese home town that he will win the Ballon d’Or.
“That declaration has prompted suggestions from several people that the only way Mane can realise his dream is by leaving Anfield and heading to Spain to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“I can see what they are saying. In recent times, almost every award has been won by Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. That they have played for Barca or Real at the time has been coincidental.
“It has been unfortunate for so many great players that they have found themselves in an era with Messi and Ronaldo. To finish above them, you have got to have done something unbelievably special.
“Liverpool, though, shouldn’t be too worried about Mane’s situation.
“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.
“What’s more, Liverpool are a better team than either Barcelona or Real at present.
“When things are going well, you just have to enjoy it, and I’m sure Mane has been over the past 18 months.
“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.”