Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Ashley Williams would be the perfect signing for Liverpool, according to an Anfield legend.

Ian Rush, Liverpool’s all time leading goalscorer, believes Reds manager Brendan Rodgers should raid former club Swansea City for in the summer to sign the Wales international.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was surprisingly linked with a bid for the 28-year-old just a few weeks after claiming he “could have killed” Robin van Persie.

Ferguson was remarking on the incident where a Williams attempt to clear the ball during the Old Trafford club’s trip to the Liberty Stadium hit Van Persie in the back of the head while he was on the floor.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been continually linked with a move for the central defender in the summer as they look to shore up their leaky back line.

Williams has grown in stature since Swansea were promoted to the Premier League under Rodgers and he has excelled with their short passing style.

This is what could have interested Wenger as the Gunners are another side that prefer to pass the ball out from defence – Williams also could offer the requisite physicality required of a centre-back in the Premier League.

The interview with Rush in the Liverpool Echo suggests Rodgers has been considering a bid for Williams and the all time record scorer for Wales certainly believes it would be a good idea.

“To get in Ashley Williams would be great. I’ve seen him play for Wales on a number of occasions and he is organised and a good captain,” he said.

“He knows what he is doing and the link to Liverpool is natural because Brendan Rodgers managed him at Swansea.

“At the right price Swansea would let him go although that they are in Europe next season may have a bearing on his decision. But he would be good for Liverpool with his experience.”

Liverpool will need another senior defender after Anfield stalwart Jamie Carragher announced he would be retiring from playing at the end of the season.

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