Liverpool are reportedly interested in a move for hard-tackling midfielder Wilfred Ndidi after a series of promising performances for Leicester City this season. The Lagos-born Nigerian joined the Foxes from Genk in January 2017 and has since gone from strength to strength, filling the gap left by N’Golo Kante in 2016.
At just 21 years of age, Ndidi is developing into a promising player at the King Power Stadium, having already featured in all 27 of the Foxes’ Premier League fixtures this term.
Klopp views Ndidi – adjudged the best tackler in the EPL this term so far, as an excellent addition to the team. And former Nigerian international Etim Esin believes a move to Anfield could happen but Klopp will have to fork out a substantial amount of money in the summer should Ndidi shine at the World Cup in Russia.
“I can’t remember the last time we had a Nigerian in Liverpool apart from Victor Moses’ brief stint there,” Esin was quoted by the New Telegraph.
“This is going to be a fantastic move for him and I think his transfer fee is likely going to go up because it could happen shortly after the World Cup.
“Ndidi has been doing well at Leicester; he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the EPL now and should command that kind of transfer.
“I don’t think he will struggle at Liverpool, he is a player made for big club like that and with the role he plays, there is no way he will be sitting on the bench there.
“He’s certainly not going to be like Kelechi Iheanacho who moved to Leicester to become an option to Jamie Vardy; I see Ndidi walking straight into that Liverpool’s side.”
With Emre Can’s contract set to run out at the end of the season, Klopp could bring in Ndidi from Leicester. Ndidi has done commendably well at Leicester since joining the club last year. He could become an ideal replacement for Can if the German decides to leave Anfield in the summer.
Also, there is no player other than our skipper Jordan Henderson, capable of playing in the deeper midfield role. Ndidi could also act as Henderson’ backup, but to acquire his services, the Reds certainly have to break the bank.
“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race
The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.
Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).
The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.
Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):
“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.
“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”
Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.
City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.
The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.