- Klopp views Eagles’ star as long-term solution to defective midfield
- He will do well at Anfield – Etim
Liverpool are ready to break the bank for the Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi as coach Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his midfield next summer. Klopp has a number of decent options but none who are naturally defensive. Captain Jordan Henderson Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are more attack-minded while James Milner and Emre Can who have strong defensive abilities can’t be relied upon in the long term.
The former is 32-year-old already while the latter can go on a free transfer at the end of the season. Ndidi has been a mainstay in the Foxes’ midfield and has impressed in his first season in the English Premier League. He arrived from Belgian side Genk last winter to fill gap left by Ngolo Kante in 2016. At just 21-years-old he is developing into a dominate force in the anchor role at the King Power stadium. According to reports in England which was monitored by our correspondent, Klopp views Ndidi as an excellent addition who offers something that no-one else at the club can do.
The German reportedly believes the Nigerian can give Liverpool that midfield protection they haven’t had since Javier Mascherano left in 2010. Ndidi who is adjudged the best tackler in the EPL this term so far, is valued at about $75million and Liverpool are ready to splash the cash on him. However, former Super Eagles midfielder Etim Esin believes his compatriot can break into the Red’s starting line up without much fuss considering his talent. He said it would be a good move for Ndidi if he eventually sealed the transfer to Merseyside.
He said: “I can’t remember the last time we had a Nigerian in Liverpool apart from Victor Moses’ brief stint there. This is going to be a fantastic move for him and I think his transfer fee is likely going to go up because it could happen shortly after the World Cup.
“Ndidi has been doing well at Leicester; he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the EPL now and should command that kind of transfer. I don’t think he will struggle at Liverpool, he is a player made for big club like that and with the role he plays, there is no way he will be sitting on the bench there. He’s certainly not going to be like Kelechi iheanacho who moved to Leicester to become an option to Jamie Vardy; I see Ndidi walking straight into that Liverpool’s side.”
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