Liverpool have approached Leicester City and enquired about the availability of £60m-rated Maddison, according to the Daily Star.

Jurgen Klopp has not signed a natural playmaker since Philippe Coutinho left the club 18 months ago and while he has coped quite well without one, it means the German is somewhat limited in the way he can rotate his midfield.

Beyond the 51-year-old’s preferred trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, the only players capable of carrying the ball forward and causing havoc in the final third are Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Naby Keita

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That said, neither are wholly comfortable of operating as an out and out no.10 which Coutinho was. The Brazilian was able to perform exceedingly well as a no.8, on the left wing and even as a second striker depending on the defensive work he was required to put in.

The Daily Star reports that Liverpool, Spurs and both Manchester clubs, with each side having made an approach to Leicester regarding the midfielder’s availability.

 

His £60million price tag will be a turnoff but if the Foxes can agree to a lower initial fee with achievable add-ons compensating for a lot of his fee, it could be a great deal for Liverpool to push through.

James Maddison.

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Maddison scored seven Premier League goals and assisted another seven in his first season in England’s top flight and is still just 22 years of age which bodes well for the rest of his career.

Signing such a young and promising player will further aid Liverpool’s ability to sustain their brilliance under Jurgen Klopp.

If the Reds can find a way to make this a deal that is cost-effective, Maddison would be a great player to sign this summer.

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