£50m-rated McGinn would ‘slot straight in’ at Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 23rd June 2021 12:25 - Lewis Oldham

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Jurgen Klopp has “very real” interest in John McGinn and he would be “perfect” for Liverpool this summer, according to Andros Townsend.

McGinn made the move to England in 2018 from Hibernian as he joined Aston Villa.

Since then, the midfielder has shone for the Villans as he has played 111 times for them.

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McGinn was part of Scotland’s 26-man squad for the European Championships. He played in all three of their Group D games before they exited the competition.

The Athletic have reported that Klopp wants to know whether McGinn “ever stops running on matchdays”.

They add that Liverpool’s interest in the Villa man is “very real”. Dean Smith’s side would want between £45m and £50m for McGinn.

Townsend has told talkSPORT that he would “fit straight into the way” Liverpool want to play under Klopp:

“The type of player McGinn is, I think that would be perfect for the way Jurgen Klopp likes to play,” Townsend said.

“He’s fast, strong, he gets about the pitch, he’s defensive-minded when needed.

“People will raise their eyebrows because it’s John McGinn from Scotland, but if you look at the way he plays and his credentials, 100 per cent he can slot straight into that Liverpool team.

“He’d fit straight into the way they want to play.

Liverpool play with two holding midfielders, Jordan Henderson being one of the them and, if he goes, John McGinn can be the other.

“He’s got the discipline to just sit and allow the attacking players to do their thing and allow the full-backs to get high, so I think it would be a good fit to get someone in of that stature to marshal just in front of the back-four.

“But, what I will add to that is Aston Villa are going for it as well.

“You see the signing of Buendia, so they’re probably saying, ‘listen guys, stick with us and we’re going to spend some money and give it a real go to try and break into the top six and European football this season’.”

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