Gary Neville has picked out Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof as the perfect example of a player who would thrive at Liverpool.
The United centre-back has struggled in recent weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dropping points against Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
Lindelof was specifically at fault for West Brom’s opening goal during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns, with Albion striker Mbaye Diagne outmuscling him to head past David de Gea.
“Victor Lindelof’s problem is Harry Maguire and Harry Maguire’s problem is Victor Lindelof,” Neville said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
“I think if you put Lindelof alongside Van Dijk at Liverpool… he’s a fantastic player, I think he’s a really good player.
“He understands the game, he reads the game, if he was alongside a Rio Ferdinand or a Virgil van Dijk, I think they would make a great pair.
“The problem is he’s alongside someone who isn’t the most mobile in Harry Maguire. That’s the problem he’s got because they’re going to find someone who can play alongside Maguire because they invested £80m in him.
“I actually think Lindelof is a really good player and if Liverpool were looking for a centre-back pairing, I think he would do a really good job at Liverpool alongside Virgil van Dijk.
“The problem is I don’t think he does a great job alongside Maguire because they both drop back and they’ve got to get up the pitch more.”
United captain Maguire was another to leap to Lindelof’s defence, admitting he is ‘fed up’ of the criticism his team-mate receives.
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The England international told MUTV: “It’s a big frustration. We know the first goal is crucial when you come to this place – but it’s a foul.
“I’m fed up of hearing ‘Vic can do better’. Of course he can do better, and I know he can.
“I’m fed up of hearing ‘people can do better’. If you get someone in the back, and if the big striker’s wrestling Vic and then puts his arms all over him, heads it in the back of the net, of course he can do better, but it’s a foul.”