Liverpool urged to sign 26-year-old Premier League striker valued at £80m

Liverpool hero John Aldridge has backed the club to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer.

The Ivory Coast international has declared that he wants to leave the London club as he wants to play Champions League football, although there have been no bids for him yet.

The 26-year-old has been linked with moves to Tottenham, Arsenal and a return to Manchester United, but Aldridge believes the Reds should be looking to swoop for his services.

‘Maybe they [Liverpool] should look into the possibility of recruiting Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, who is rumoured to have made it clear he wants to move on to play Champions League football,’ Aldridge wrote in The Sunday World.

‘Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield.’

However, despite Zaha previously making it clear he was looking to leave Selhurst Park, it appears that his stance may have changed, and he could be happy to ignore interest from bigger clubs.

‘I’m proud to be from here and I’m glad that I’m still here because it’s like, I’ve reached my dream,’ said the winger.

‘Obviously, there’s so much I want to do in football, but I’ve managed to become a professional footballer and I’m still in the area where I made it.

‘I’m still around my people, still around my friends, so I feel like you can do it too, you know what I mean? That’s why I’m proud to be from here.’

The chance of Zaha leaving appeared to decrease when Palace set an asking price of £80m, with potential suitors going quite quiet after that news emerged.