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John McGinn would be the perfect replacement for James Milner

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Aston Villa star John McGinn as a replacement for the outgoing Gini Wijnaldum.

The Sunday Post (via Not the Old Firm) report that the Reds have joined Manchester United in the race to sign the midfielder.

Villa are said to value McGinn at around £50m, but an offer of £20m would be enough to open negotiations.

With Wijnaldum leaving for PSG, Liverpool are in need of a central midfielder.

McGinn is the latest name to be linked, joining the likes of Florian Neuhaus and Yves Bissouma on the rumoured shortlist.

We think that McGinn is not quite up to the standard of the aforementioned pair. He is also older, which means that he would not be as sensible a signing.

However, he does have something that Liverpool will be missing in the coming seasons whenever 35-year-old James Milner departs the club.

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McGinn can replace Milner void in the Liverpool dressing room

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The 26-year-old McGinn has been fantastic in his three years at Aston Villa.

He is clearly an excellent player, if not quite in the elite bracket.

What he is, however, is a real workhorse. He brings bags of energy to the table and clearly inspires those around him.

That is something that Jurgen Klopp loves in a midfielder. It is why we often see Milner play in the big games.

Milner is now 35 and is probably entering his final season as a Liverpool player. When he leaves, the Reds are going to have to find someone else to bring all the qualities that he has.

While it is vital to bring in players with top ability, some players can be signed because of their personality.

McGinn has that never-say-die character. He can be thrown into games where there is a war taking place in midfield.

As well as this top-class attitude, McGinn is a fantastic personality to have in the changing room. He is already great friends with his Scotland captain Andy Robertson.

Ok, Liverpool probably should sign a Neuhaus or a Bissouma to replace Wijnaldum. They also should not spend anywhere near £50m on McGinn.

But if they could sign him as well as someone else for a relatively cheap fee, it would be fantastic for the future of the side.

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