Three Lions hero Maguire labelled as the ‘English Van Dijk’ by Liverpool legend

England centre-back Harry Maguire has been compared to Liverpool’s £75 million man Virgil Van Dijk by former Reds player and coach Phil Thompson.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad has been full of stars this summer during their superb run to the World Cup semi-final, although few have shone brighter than Leicester City defender Maguire.

Liverpool legend Thompson is a massive fan of the talented 25-year-old and he has even urged Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to spend big and sign the former Hull City centre-back, so he can form a formidable pairing with Van Dijk at Anfield:

“I’ve been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City,” Thompson told the Liverpool Echo.

“Since then he’s got better and better.

“He’s had a fantastic World Cup so far. I was saying long before the tournament started that he has all the attributes needed to be a Liverpool player.

“He’s big, he’s strong and positionally he’s very good whether as a two or a three at the back.

“He’s a lot quicker than people give him credit for. He dominates in the air and that’s a major asset both defensively and offensively.

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“He’s also very comfortable on the ball. He’s better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back.

“Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool’s philosophy. I can’t speak more highly of him.

“No disrespect to Leicester but I can’t see him being there come the end of the transfer window. I think he would have been £50 million before the World Cup and probably a bit more now. But I think he would be worth it.

“Big clubs will be after him and I’d like to think that Liverpool would be at the forefront.

“It’s hard saying it because Dejan Lovren had a pretty good season but I do think it’s an area where we have struggled for a while.

“Harry would be an upgrade. He’s like an English version of Van Dijk.

“Harry is probably even more physical than Van Dijk which is another plus and I’d see them as a great combination. He would give us that extra solidity back there.

“It would be another statement. They would be our centre-back combination for years to come.”

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