Liverpool should sign Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross, according to former player Phil Thompson.
The Anfield club have struggled defensively this season and have conceded 32 goals in 23 Premier League appearances - just six less than Aston Villa in rock-bottom.
Jurgen Klopp’s men face Stoke City on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup semi-final and Thompson believes that the club should attempt to sign their next opponent’s captain.
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However, after picking up a back injury in their 3-0 defeat to Leicester at the weekend, Shawcross will miss out of the second-leg at Anfield after being ruled out for up to four weeks.
“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,” the pundit told Sky Sports.
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The 28-year-old struggled with injuries at the beginning of the campaign but since his return, has led his side to seven clean sheets in the previous 13 Premier League matches. The Potters only won twice in the 10 matches that he missed.
On the other hand, Liverpool have struggled to keep clean sheets throughout this campaign and have conceded eight goals from corners - the highest in the league.
Thompson, who won seven league titles and three European Cups during his time at the club, is convinced that Shawcross is the man to sort out Liverpool’s defence.
“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,” he said.
Liverpool will take a 1-0 lead back to Anfield after Jordan Ibe scored the only goal during the first-leg at the Britannia Stadium two weeks ago.
Despite holding a lead going into the second-leg, Thompson is expecting an extremely close encounter.
"I would think it's still going to be difficult. It's like that with Liverpool at the moment. Stoke were perhaps a bit complacent in the first game and didn't expect Liverpool to be as dominant as they were," the former defender said.
"Being 1-0 up, you'd usually be thinking Wembley is close, but with this side it seems to be the bigger the challenge the better you going to get from them.
Thompson continued: "The boot might be on the other foot this time, and while Liverpool won and Stoke lost badly at the weekend, it's certainly not over and I'm expecting an extremely tight tie."