Liverpool may already have a long-term replacement for Sadio Mane at Anfield.

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The Senegalese striker has been a revelation since arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2016 for £34 million and helped the Reds make a decisive return to the Champions League in their first season with the club.

Liverpool may already have signed Sadio Mane’s long-term replacement, according to former Reds defender Stephen Warnock.

Sadio Mane has been a revelation since his arrival in Liverpool in 2016, and a former Reds believes that the difficult task of replacing the Senegalese striker may already be solved when the time comes.

The mane has been regularly associated with moves to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, but is still an important part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans.

Since then, he has grown out of the world’s most feared attacking trios alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have helped Liverpool to the glory of the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the Premier League.

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

And although Warnock does not necessarily see the Reds in danger of losing Mane at any time, he believes that the arrival of Diogo Jota means that the 28-year-old may already be in Anfield as a replacement for the 28-year-old and can learn from the man whose boot he may be stepping into.

This is what Warnock told Stadium Astro (through the looking glass): “Sadio Mane is 28 years old at the moment, so when he turns 32, is there someone who comes with a ridiculous offer you can’t refuse?

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

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

“If you have the caliber of Roberto Firmino, [Mohamed] Salah and Mane, you learn from them day after day in training.

“I expect him to improve completely. I think he will be the person to replace Sadio Mane in maybe four years.

“There are not many players in Liverpool who have not improved.

“He knew that he would come to Liverpool as a replacement and that he had to get through.

“He is more than happy to do that and he has a lot of time on his side. He already looks like a valuable player for Liverpool”.

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