Liverpool could beat Manchester United and complete the transfer of James Maddison from Leicester in January.
That’s according to former Leeds and Coventry striker Noel Whelan.
He believes Maddison would be the perfect signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side and he could be the new Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side have also been linked with making a swoop for the England international after signing his former Leicester team-mate Harry Maguire this summer.
“James Maddison is absolutely a Liverpool type of player, I can see him joining [Liverpool],” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He can be the new Coutinho.
“He’s similar to him in many ways – great feet, can run with the ball, can see a pass that no-one else can and scores wonder goals.
“He’s still young but already he’s a real gem and his value is going to get higher and higher over the next few years.
“All the big teams will be watching him, but they will know he won’t come cheap.
“Can Liverpool sign him in January? Of course. They got [Virgil] Van Dijk in a January window and haven’t looked back.
“Liverpool will also have money to spend after not buying anyone senior this summer.
“Jurgen Klopp and the recruitment team have a brilliant record in the transfer market, and Maddison could fit in well.”
Maddison has started the season in fine form, netting the winner against Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.
For now the 22-year-old is enjoying playing for Leicester despite transfer speculation.
“I can’t speak highly enough of this club,” he said to former Foxes forward Emile Heskey.
“The opportunities you get and the warmness you receive.
“I’ve only been here for one year but I feel like I’ve been here for four or five years – that’s how you’re made to feel here.
“That’s not just people at the club, it’s players like yourself [Heskey] previous players that you meet around the place.
“It’s brilliant – it’s a fantastic club.”