Pundit urges Liverpool to make ‘brilliant signing’ amid rumours

Joe Williams
Youri Tielemans Leicester City Liverpool
Youri Tielemans Leicester City

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans would be a “brilliant signing” for Liverpool as they look to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, according to former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell.

Wijnaldum was the club’s most reliable player in midfield last season, making 51 appearances, but with no agreement over a new deal his contract will expire next month and he bade farewell to Anfield in the final match of the season.

The Holland international played a key role in the club’s recent Champions League and Premier League wins and while a third-placed finish to an injury-plagued season was, in itself, something of an achievement there was no silverware to sign off with.

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Tielemans did win some silverware this season as the Foxes won the FA Cup but narrowly missed out on finishing in the top four.

The Belgium international has impressed this season in Brendan Rodgers’ engine room and that has led to rumours he could leave this summer.

Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claimed six days ago that Leicester midfielder Tielemans figures on Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist.

The report said that Liverpool ‘could become one of the options’ for Tielemans while Man Utd were also mentioned.

And Campbell, who played for Arsenal and Everton in the Premier League, recommends Tielemans as the perfect signing for Liverpool.

Campbell told Football Insider: “Tielemans would be a brilliant signing.

“I think he would fit in at Liverpool perfectly. He will add more of a goal threat as well, especially from range.

“He is a very good footballer and he would be very capable filling the void left by Wijnaldum.

“Listen, when you are Liverpool and you lose a player like Wijnaldum you have to replace him with quality. Wijnaldum is so underrated and when he is not there Liverpool miss him.

“Klopp will buy right though. He knows what he needs and he will purchase correctly.”

The Dutchman leaves a huge hole to fill but a Press Association report claimed a few days ago that a replacement is not being considered as Klopp feels he has enough options in that area with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita – providing he can overcome his fitness issues – Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and veteran James Milner.