Phil Thompson: Why Stoke defender would be perfect for Liverpool

Phil Thomspon urges Liverpool to make an offer for Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross would be perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, according to Phil Thompson.

The Reds conceded four times on Saturday afternoon, although Adam Lallana’s 95th-minute strike sealed a famous 5-4 win at Norwich City.

I think he would be absolutely ideal and he’s been one of the most underrated centre-backs over the last five seasons

Phil Thompson

Liverpool have already conceded a staggering 32 times in 23 Premier League games so far this season – only seven teams in the top-flight have a worse defensive record.

Klopp has been contending with an injury crisis at centre-half in recent weeks and the manager was forced to sign Steven Caulker from Queens Park Rangers on loan as cover.

However, former Liverpool captain Thompson believes Klopp should look no further than Stoke captain Shawcross as the solution to the Reds’s defensive problems.

Thompson told Sky Sports: “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.

“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.”

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has already confirmed that Shawcross won’t feature against Liverpool in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final due to an injury problem.

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The 28-year-old has made 13 Premier League appearances so far this season.

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