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Liverpool star Sadio Mane, who has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, has been warned about the effects of leaving Anfield by Reds legend John Barnes. He cited the experience of Philippe Coutinho who left for Barcelona.

Mane has been told to think twice before leaving Liverpool because the grass is not always greener on the other side.

That is the verdict from John Barnes, who used Coutinho as an example.

The Senegal striker has undoubtedly been one of Jurgen Klopp’s finest weapons in a formidable attack at Anfield.

The 28-year-old scored 22 goals last season in all competitions, getting 12 assists as Liverpool won the Premier League.

However, Barnes has warned the ex-Southampton star to be careful what you wish for.

Coutinho made a similar transfer to Spain when he swapped life in Merseyside for Barcelona but his career tailed off at the Nom Camp.

He was loaned out to Bayern Munich with Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien not interested in the playmaker.

Barnes said: “Philippe Coutinho was going to be the greatest, but then he left after five years.

“If Sadie Mane is going to stay for a prolonged period of time performing at a high level, then of course he can get into the all-time Liverpool XI.

“He is a phenomenally good player with outstanding ability and could definitely project himself into legendary status at Anfield if he keeps it consistent with the high-class performances.”

Mane has already picked up where he left off last season with a brace against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds face Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup tonight but the Senegalese could be rested ahead of a visit from Arsenal on Monday.

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