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Tony Cascarino believes Liverpool are interested in £80m-rated star

Speaking on talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino said that Wilfried Zaha is a player that Liverpool must surely be interested in signing this summer.

With Daniel Sturridge leaving this summer and Divock Origi not certain to stay, Jurgen Klopp will almost certainly be in the market for a new multi-functional forward.

And Tony Cascarino reckons Zaha could be a player the German has a look at, with his pace, trickery on the ball and goal threat all attributes that would be wanted at Anfield.

He said: “Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

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“Literally tracking his movements, Zaha, the whole game. I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is.

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“It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

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While Mohamed Salah is a terrific goalscorer and has world class positioning, he isn’t as gifted at taking on defenders head to head as the likes of Zaha and Hazard.

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The 26-year-old would provide Liverpool with a more direct approach to beating backlines but would need to accept a squad role.

Zaha might be one of the most exciting forwards to watch purely for his dribbling ability but based on goals and assists, he is not on the same level as Mane or Salah.

His presence in the squad would, however, provide Klopp with the option of playing a front three of Zaha, Mane and Salah – pure pace to hit the big teams on the break.

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The main reason that Liverpool – and other big clubs – would be against signing Zaha is that, according to the Daily Mail, he would cost an enormous £80million.

There is no way that Klopp would pay more for the Crystal Palace talisman than he did to sign Virgil van Dijk last year.

Considering he would be a squad player, paying between £40-50m would be a little more reasonable.

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