Liverpool already have replacement for Sadio Mane amid Barcelona exit fears

Liverpool already have a replacement for Sadio Mane if they were to lose him in a Barcelona transfer, according to former player Stephen Warnock.

The Senegalese forward has enjoyed another strong start to a Reds campaign, grabbing four goals and two assists in seven games.

It has not stopped the 28-year-old, though, from being linked with a move away over the summer.

Mane attracted the attention of Spanish giants Real Madrid while also being “offered” to Barcelona.

But Warnock, who spent fives seasons at Liverpool and made 67 appearances, believes they would have cover if a move came over the next couple of years.

Speaking to Stadium Astro , the former defender said: “Sadio Mane’s 28 right now, so when he gets to 32 is there someone who would come in with a ridiculous offer you can’t refuse?

“I don’t think that would happen with Mane. He’s loved his time at Liverpool.

“If you want to be the best and challenge for titles, you have to have the squad depth – that’s what [Diogo] Jota brings to this front line.

“It allows Klopp to rest at least one or two of the players with quality to replace them.”

Jota arrived at Anfield from Wolves over the summer, making a surprise £45m move last month.

He has already made an impressive impact for the Premier League champions, grabbing the winner most recently against Sheffield United.

And the former Liverpool player believes it will put the Portuguese forward in pole position to take over from the current No.10.

Warnock added: “When you’ve got the calibre of Roberto Firmino, [Mohamed] Salah and Mane, you’re learning form them day in, day out in training.

“There’s not many players at Liverpool who haven’t improved.

“I do expect him to fully improve. I think he will be the person to take over from Sadio Mane in may be four years time.

“He knew he was coming to Liverpool as back-up and he would have to force his way in.

“He’s more than happy to do that and he’s got plenty of time on his side. He looks like a valuable player to Liverpool already.”

It comes as Jota got the call from the Reds ahead of Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

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