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'Magical' Adam told to impress

Ian Holloway has challenged wantaway skipper Charlie Adam (below) to play so well against Manchester United tonight that he catches Alex Ferguson's eye.

Blackpool have not dismissed Adam's transfer demand. But unless Liverpool increase what the Seasiders say is an "unacceptable" £4million offer, the 25-year-old will not be allowed to leave.

And, according to Holloway, that would be the Merseyside giants' loss.

For he has no doubt the former Rangers star can excel at a top four club, and is not dismissing Old Trafford as a potential destination.

"If he shines tonight Manchester United might want him," said Holloway.

"Charlie is the best I have seen for a long time. That left foot is magical.

"I want to get Charlie where he should be; at one of the top four teams in the country. But we need to be compensated."

To that end he has challenged Liverpool to "put up or shut up".

"Will I ever have the same Charlie Adam? I don't know. If he loses his spirit it would be a crying shame," said Holloway.

But Holloway does not plan to give Adam the cold shoulder.

"There is no chance of me leaving him out," he said.

"If I tried to stop him playing against Manchester United, he would probably kill me.

"He loves this club."