Steve Nicol told ESPN that he believes that Liverpool should make a move for James Maddison as he’d make a fine upgrade on Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Leicester City midfielder only made the step up from the Championship to the Premier League a year ago but his debut season in England’s top-flight saw him score seven goals and assist another seven.

Brendan Rodgers rates him very highly and is not likely to be open to the idea of selling him.

James Maddison.

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Nicol told ESPN: “Maybe a starter, for me [he would be] a starter, James Maddison. He’s a player who does all the things that Klopp wants his middle three to do right now.

“You put him in the middle. I’d suggest because Jordan Henderson’s the captain right now it’d have to be ahead of Gini Wijnaldum.

 

“I think Wijnaldum starts right now because he has a goal or two in him but for me Maddison would take over that because he has a goal or two in him [as well].

“He’s a guy that gets around, does the hard work, can get from box to box and has an eye for a pass. You’ve got a player coming in [in Maddison] who makes the starting eleven better already.”

James Maddison.

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While Maddison would be a splendid signing to make no doubt, it’s unfair on Georginio Wijnaldum to suggest that he’s an easy player to swap out and there is certainly a lack of appreciation for a player that only started playing in central midfield three years ago when he was signed from Newcastle United.

He is one of the most press resistant players in the Premier League and brings a level of composure to Liverpool’s midfield that isn’t recognised not to mention the fact that he scored a brace against Barcelona to help guide his side to the Champions League final.

Leicester City value him at around £60million, according to the Daily Star, which makes a move for the 22-year-old entirely unlikely.

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