Liverpool should try to beat Manchester United to the signing of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire in the final days of the summer transfer window, according to Phil Thompson.
Sky Sports understand last season’s Premier League and FA Cup runners-up will launch another bid to sign the England centre-back but require a world record offer to acquire Maguire.
Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the world when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75m last January.
And Leicester are holding out a similar offer as United look to salvage a summer during which manager Jose Mourinho has complained over their lack of signings.
Maguire played every minute of his maiden league campaign with Leicester and was rewarded with a central role in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans, playing every game as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri have arrived at Anfield this summer but Thompson wants to see Liverpool move for Maguire to further improve their back-four.
‘I like what Jurgen Klopp has done by trying to strengthen the players behind the front three and get more goals from that area,’ the ex-Reds man told Sky Sports.
‘That part of the team is where you win titles and Fabinho, Shaqiri and Keita can provide that additional firepower.
‘[Adam] Lallana is also back. With one more centre-back, Liverpool can be a real force; I’d be looking at snatching Harry Maguire from under Manchester United’s noses.’
United have endured an indifferent summer with a host of players either injured or unavailable due their participation in the latter stages of the World Cup.