Liverpool have been urged to sign Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, who is a summer transfer target for Manchester United, because he could easily fit into Jurgen Klopp’s side. That is the opinion of Liverpool hero Danny Murphy.
Grealish is having a great season for Villa despite being in the midst of a relegation battle with his boyhood club.
The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.
Murphy thinks English football currently has a great pool of young talented midfielders at the moment, which included Grealish, Leicester City’s James Maddison, Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Tottenham’s Dele All.
However, the former Liverpool midfielder thinks Grealish is the best player among this group and he believes the youngster would already be ahead of several Liverpool players for a starting spot in Klopp’s current team.
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“[Grealish] has the mix of physicality and technical skills to operate in a number of areas,” Murphy said in his Daily Mail column.
“His best roles for me would be as a No 10 in front of two holding midfielders or as one of the two more advanced midfielders in a 4-3-3.
“But managers do also have the option of using him on the left of a front three where he can make and score goals.
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“He could also do a job in a deeper-lying midfield role as he’s so comfortable receiving the ball under pressure, though you’d be sacrificing his creativity there, which would be a waste.
“If you’re Klopp for example, having that variety at your disposal is a Godsend.
“I’d already put Grealish ahead of Naby Keita or James Milner and the only thing Gini Wijnaldum has over him at the moment is experience of consistently playing big matches.”
United are also interested in Grealish and according to The Sun, they are willing to triple the player’s current £50,000-a-week deal with Villa in order to secure him a move to Old Trafford.
However, Murphy thinks Manchester City and Liverpool will also be interested in Grealish.
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He thinks Grealish’s style of play suits Klopp and he believes Pep Guardiola will be in the market for a midfielder to replace the outgoing David Silva.
“Grealish has been heavily linked with Manchester United, particularly if they lose Paul Pogba, but I don’t think they will be the only ones interested if he decides to move from his boyhood club this summer to maximise his career,” Murphy added.
“He fits Klopp’s philosophy and although Guardiola has Phil Foden he’ll still be interested in other good players with David Silva leaving this summer.”
Grealish will be in action today and have a chance to impress Guardiola as Villa take on City in the Carabao Cup final.
And while Murphy doesn’t think Villa are likely to lift the trophy at Wembley, he does think Grealish will be leaving for a top club at the end of the season.
“Ultimately, Grealish may not be able to lift the cup for Villa on Sunday. But I don’t see any repeat of Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Villa Park earlier this season,” Murphy said.
“I think the occasion will raise Villa’s game. From what I’ve seen of Grealish, coming up against the likes of Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Sterling will only inspire him.
“A cup final will be a welcome break for Grealish from relegation six-pointers. Next season I think he’ll have the chance to play at the top of the league and in Europe. Even in this emerging generation, he stands out.”
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