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Tim Sherwood suggests Liverpool make £100m bid to sign Leicester star Wesley Fofana


Wesley Fofana has shone in his debut season at Leicester (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool will find it ‘difficult’ bringing in a top-class central defender this January but suggests they ‘test the arm of Leicester’ by making a £100million-plus offer for Wesley Fofana.

The Premier League champions are desperately short of options at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both long-term absentees and Fabinho and Joel Matip also sidelined.

Injury-prone Matip was forced off with an ankle problem during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Tottenham in midweek and Jurgen Klopp admitted after the game that he would be working with the club to assess possible options before the transfer deadline.

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‘We will try. It is funny when you all think, “Oh Liverpool will be just fine with the situation and they don’t care or try”. We try but there is nothing to say until something happens,’ the German told BT Sport.

‘We will see. The situation yesterday didn’t make it easier but we still try to do the right things. If that’s possible, we will do it. If not, we won’t.

Pressed on whether Liverpool had stepped up their attempts to strengthen at centre-half, Klopp added: ‘My thoughts didn’t change but my words might have. That’s probably my English. Same situation as before. We work always on this.

‘We thought [about potential signings] and we think the whole time but it’s about doing the right thing. We need to find the right player. It’s incredible what’s happening in the defensive line.’

Mustafi is being linked with the Premier League champions (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool are exploring a possible move for out-of-favour Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi but Sherwood reckons the Merseyside giants could ‘really push the boat out’ with a hefty bid for either Declan Rice or Fofana.

‘It’s difficult, what’s out there? Do you go out there and get someone, and then when Gomez and Van Dijk are fit you end up with a player who shouldn’t be anywhere near a Liverpool shirt?’ Sherwood told Sky Sports.

‘I don’t think they’re in the scattergun approach method. I think Michael Edwards, the sporting director, is very calculated in what he does.

‘I’m sure he’ll communicate with Jurgen Klopp. Perhaps there’s someone on a short-term deal who’s out of contract now that they can bring in, I think they should do that.

‘Someone who knows the job if they’re playing in that position, but centre-back is a specialist position.

‘Unless they really push the boat out and go get a Declan Rice, who can also play in midfield, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

‘Or go and get a young one like Fofana and really push the boat out by offering £100m-plus to test the arm of Leicester.

‘I think it’s going to be difficult for them to do, so will they do anything? I don’t think they will.’

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