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Former Liverpool captain urges Reds to sign Ryan Shawcross

Anfield legend says the tough centre-half would shore up Jurgen Klopp's nervous defence

George Cooper

Published 26/01/2016 | 14:29

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross

Liverpool should move for Stoke City centre-back Ryan Shawcross to shore up their porous defence, believes Phil Thompson.

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Shawcross has helped Stoke to seven clean sheets in their last 13 games, but will miss tonight’s second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final with a back injury.

And Liverpool legend Thompson says 28-year-old Shawcross would be ‘absolutely ideal’ for Jurgen Klopp, whose side have conceded 32 goals in 23 league games this season – more than any other side in the top half of the table.

“When Liverpool evaluate at the end of the season and look at the sort of goals they conceded, I wouldn't be averse to see them looking towards Shawcross as a solution,” Thompson said.

“In fact I think he would be absolutely ideal and he’s been one of the most underrated centre-backs over the last five seasons. You just have to look at Stoke's stats with and without him.”

Liverpool go into tonight’s semi-final second leg at Anfield with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

(© Independent News Service)

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