Reds considering shock move for Potters centre-back
Liverpool are plotting a shock move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, according to reports.
The centre-back has been one of Stoke‘s most consistent performers over the past few seasons, but a serious injury has kept him on the sidelines for the majority of this campaign.
However, when he has been selected, Mark Hughes‘ have conceded fewer goals than what they do when they are without him, and his presence has caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp, who’s alarmingly worried about his back-line.
Klopp has already landed Steven Caulker on loan from Queens Park Rangers, but after seeing his side concede four goals at Norwich City on Saturday, he’s desperate to bring in another centre-back.
With the likes of Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel having injury problems, Klopp is eager to add another option, and according to reports, Shawcross could be his wanted man.
The 28-year-old, who is currently injured, missed out on Stoke’s trip to Anfield in the Capital One Cup last night, but he has been tipped to move to Liverpool, with former-coach Phil Thompson urging Klopp to sign the England centre-back.
Thompson Recommends Shawcross
“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 told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Shawcross is contracted at the Britannia Stadium until 2017.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt