John Barnes has warned Jadon Sancho off signing for Liverpool just yet, saying he should focus on his development for the time being.
The teenager has been linked with a move to the Reds ahead of the summer window, and could command a £100million transfer fee.
Sancho is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in world football, but Barnes is concerned a move to Anfield at this stage of his career could do more harm than good.
At Dortmund the forward plays week-in, week-out and has been developing at a steady pace. Barnes worries that at Liverpool Sancho will be largely restricted to the bench, and will be under intense pressure to perform whenever he comes on.
As a result, he reckons Sancho should sit still for the time being and worry about completing a dream transfer in a few years.
He told BonusCodeBets: “If Jadon Sancho is willing to come to Liverpool and not play every week and sit on the bench, then absolutely he should come to Liverpool.
“But I always tell young players to be careful and play at a high level for four-five years before moving to a bigger club.
“Salah and Mane have been around for four or five seasons now and have shown their quality and experience, whereas Sancho has been around for 18 months and needs to show that consistency over a three-year period before he costs £100million to a huge club.
“That doesn’t happen in modern football anymore, nowadays, if you are young and have just one good season, someone is going to spend £80 million-plus on you.
“I would advise Jadon Sancho to develop more and show that level of consistency before he is going to be put under a lot of pressure by being a £100million player playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.”