Since they parted ways with Philippe Coutinho in January 2018 for €160 million, Liverpool still haven’t replaced the Brazilian playmaker; not directly, anyway. They came close to signing Nabil Fekir last summer from Olympique Lyon, but they terminated the deal at the last possible moment. Instead, they were content with the signings of defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, they rearranged their style slightly and never looked back.
Now however, pundit Noel Whelan believes the Champions League holders should go for James Maddison of Leicester City.
The former Leeds United striker believes the Foxes’ attacking midfielder possesses similar qualities as Coutinho, who has joined Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona for the season. As quoted by Liverpool Echo, Whelan said Maddison has the ability to run with the ball, to pick out a pass which others wouldn’t, as well as score spectacular goals, and he sees him as a player that would suit Jurgen Klopp’s team perfectly.
One thing is certain: Maddison wouldn’t come cheap, and Klopp, who has just received the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award, will want to be sure of the player before asking the club to make the investment.
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