Liverpool legend Steve Nicol urges club to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and pair him with Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has urged his old club to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
The 30-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract after Spurs triggered an extension clause in his contract in January.
Reports suggest Alderweireld has a £25million release clause and its activation seems inevitable given his quality.
And ex-Reds full-back Nicol, who made 473 appearances for the club between 1981 and 1994, reckons the Belgium international would thrive alongside Virgil van Dijk.
He said: “One hundred per cent this guy’s going. We just don’t know where it is.
“Again, this is a player who I think most teams in the world would want as their centre-back.
“I wouldn’t mind him at Liverpool alongside Van Dijk, I think that would be a great pairing.”
Alderweireld would only strengthen an already watertight defence, which has conceded just 20 goals in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool have plenty of depth in central defence with Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has even tipped Van Dijk to win the Premier League’s Player of the Year award.
He said: “Van Dijk has been absolutely outstanding.
“I remember looking back through my career at players like Jaap Stam, Gary Pallister, Rio Ferdinand and he (Van Dijk) is a player who makes everyone feel safe.
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“He does the job of all four defenders. I think Sergio Ramos and (Raphael) Varane have been the best defenders in the world recently but there’s no doubt he will be up there.
“He can head, his defending is brilliant, on the ball he’s a joke. He passes the ball like a midfielder.
“One hundred per cent he is the player of the year. I don’t think anybody has even got close to him.”
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