Premier League’ toughest tackler could be heading to Liverpool

Former Nigerian international Etim Esin believes Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is heading for Liverpool this summer.

Nigerian outlet The New Telegraph yesterday claimed the Lagos-born Nigerian star is a top target for Jurgen Klopp and the Reds are prepared to pay $75million or £54.3million for the enforcer.

The 21-year-old has been impressive after replacing Ngolo Kante at Leicester and his tough tackling has apparently caught the eye of Klopp.

Ndidi, who arrived at Leicester from Genk in January 2017 for £15million is under contract until 2022, has completed the most tackles per 90 minutes in the top flight than any other player.

And Esin, 51, believes a move to Anfield could well happen after the World Cup in Russia this summer.

“I can’t remember the last time we had a Nigerian in Liverpool apart from Victor Moses’ brief stint there,” Esin told The New Telegraph. “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.”