Liverpool legend urges to make move for England World Cup hero

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has urged the Reds to move for England World Cup hero Harry Maguire.

Maguire has had an excellent tournament in Russia and scored the opening goal in the quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday.

The 25-year-old only joined Leicester City a year ago but is already being tipped to make the step up to a top four club.

And Thompson believes Liverpool should make a move ahead of their rivals to ensure he ends up at Anfield.

"I’ve been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City," Thompson told the Liverpool Echo .

"Since then he’s got better and better. He’s had a fantastic World Cup so far.

"I was saying long before the tournament started that he has all the attributes needed to be a Liverpool player.

"He’s big, he’s strong and positionally he’s very good whether as a two or a three at the back.

"He’s a lot quicker than people give him credit for. He dominates in the air and that’s a major asset both defensively and offensively.

"He’s also very comfortable on the ball. He’s better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back.

"Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool’s philosophy. I can’t speak more highly of him.

"No disrespect to Leicester but I can’t see him being there come the end of the transfer window. I think he would have been £50million before the World Cup and probably a bit more now. But I think he would be worth it.

"Big clubs will be after him and I’d like to think that Liverpool would be at the forefront."

Thompson added that Maguire was the English equivalent of Virgil van Dijk, who made a £75m switch to Anfield in January.

"Harry would be an upgrade (on Dejan Lovren)," said Thompson. "He’s like an English version of Van Dijk.

"Harry is probably even more physical than Van Dijk which is another plus and I’d see them as a great combination. He would give us that extra solidity back there.

"It would be another statement. They would be our centre-back combination for years to come."

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