Jurgen Klopp urged to sign top 27-year-old midfielder to protect Liverpool FC defence

Former Liverpool FC defender Phil Babb is hoping Jurgen Klopp will sign Kevin Strootman to bolster his midfield options

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Kevin Strootman would be a great addition to the Liverpool FC midfield, according to Phil Babb.

The AS Roma star has established himself as one of the best players in the Serie A over the past two seasons since his move to the Italian capital from PSV Eindhoven in 2013.

The Netherlands international has contended with a string of injury problems since his move to AS Roma, including a serious knee problem that caused Strootman a lot of problems.

Liverpool FC have £142m to spend after Brazil international Philippe Coutinho completed a long-awaited move to La Liga giants Barcelona last week.

The Reds have a creative void in their team following Coutinho’s exit, while Jordan Henderson has struggled in a holding midfield role since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as manager in October 2015.

Liverpool FC signed Mohamed Salah in a £39m deal from Roma in the summer and the Egypt international has been a roaring success at Anfield following 17 goals in 21 games in the Premier League.

Former Reds defender Babb is hoping the Reds can have more success in the transfer market with the potential addition of Strootman.

“[I want to see Liverpool FC sign] Kevin Strootman from Roma, the 27-year-old Dutch international,” Babb told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.

“He’s six-foot-two, physical, athletic and he’s a very good defensive midfielder.

“I think that’s what Liverpool have been missing, just someone to sit and protect the defensive frailties in the back four.

“Someone that can allow the forwards to go and express themselves and know that he’s just sitting there and protecting the defensive unit.”

Strootman has scored 28 goals in 187 appearances in all competitions during his five-season stay at AS Roma.

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