Former Liverpool star insists comparisons can only be made between the current Liverpool attack and the one of old in three to four years.
The awesome foursome currently plying their trade at Anfield - Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling - are so effective in attack, in goal-scoring, chance creating and pass completion while playing football to a standard so high on aesthetics, that they have attracted comparisons to Liverpool's legendary collection of elite performers in the late 1980s.
Back then, Peter Beardsley, Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge were fundamental players during a title-winning period in which they consistently challenged at the highest echelons of domestic football.
However, any similarities between their exploits in front of goal have been tamed by Barnes, 50, who believes that, while the current crop are now doubt supremely talented as a unit, they may well improve even further as Sterling remains a teenager while Coutinho has only completed one calender year of football with Liverpool.
'When I came to Liverpool at 23 years old I had 35 England caps and had been playing in the top flight for six years,' said Barnes, to Sky Sports Radio. 'Peter Beardsley was the most expensive [British] player. We were experienced players who had reached our potential or were getting close to our potential whereas this is a very exciting young team.
'It would be unfair to compare them because Sterling is only 18, Coutinho's only been here one year… to compare them is unrealistic. Potentially they are equally as good but let this foursome have three or four years playing at the highest level, consistently, then we can make a comparison.'
Collectively, Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho and Sterling have scored 53 goals in all competitions. They have, combined, also provided 35 assists.
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