Maguire to partner Van Dijk? England star perfect fit for Liverpool, says Thompson

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The former Reds defender has urged Jurgen Klopp to consider a raid on Premier League rivals Leicester for a centre-half shining on World Cup duty

Harry Maguire “fits Liverpool's philosophy” and would be a perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk, says former Reds captain Phil Thompson.

Jurgen Klopp spent big on a new centre-half in January, breaking the club’s transfer record with the £75 million ($100m) deal with Southampton.

Van Dijk slotted seamlessly into the fold an Anfield to help plug defensive leaks, but there is still a sense that further reinforcement is required at the back.

Thompson believes another proven Premier League performer could be the answer, urging Liverpool to make a move for Leicester star Maguire – who is currently impressing for England on World Cup duty.

The ex-Reds defender told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City.

“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.

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“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.”

Maguire only joined Leicester from Hull City in the summer of 2017.

He was handed a five-year contract by the Foxes, but has sparked interest from afar with his composed performances for club and country over the last 12 months.

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