Crooks urges Klopp to sign Dunk


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been given some surprising advice by former Tottenham Hotspur striker Garth Crooks.

The BBC Sport pundit has advised the German to make a big money bid to bring Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk to Anfield to partner former Southampton man Virgil Van Dijk.

Crooks was putting together an XI from the best players in the Premier League over the festive period and while selecting Dunk he suggested Liverpool offer £45m for the centre-back.

“What a result it was for Brighton to take the points against Watford on 23rd December.” he wrote.

“It was Dunk’s performance against Watford, and again at Newcastle, that left me thinking he is a top-four defender if ever I saw one.

“Whether he can mentally cope in that environment would be my only concern, but in terms of his defensive qualities I don’t think I’ve seen a better centre-back this season.

“I’ve seen more polished performances but nothing quite so efficient.

“It struck me that Liverpool could do themselves a great service by making an audacious move for Dunk. What would he cost – £35m in today’s grossly over-inflated market?

“Offer £45m and I’ve no doubt Brighton boss Chris Hughton would drive him to Anfield himself. Could Brighton afford to turn that down?

“Alongside Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool would suddenly have two towering defenders who know how to defend. They should be paying me a consultancy for this column!” he finished.

It’s unlikely that Klopp will pay much attention.

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  1. Unfortunately, Kloppie ain’t listening to advice from any direction regarding CBs with Back Four in mind. Yet, our biggest problems throughout the season have come from the inadequacies of our Back 4. Too many mistakes means we need players for those positions who are capable of defending – that is their role. Simples!


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