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'Would fit like a glove': BBC pundit implores Liverpool to sign PL talisman

Garth Crooks has asked how long it will be before Liverpool sign James Ward-Prowse, telling BBC Sport that the Southampton star would fit the Reds’ side like a glove.

Ward-Prowse is well on his way towards his best goals return in a Premier League season. The 27-year-old scored a screamer at the weekend as the Saints were beaten by Wolves.

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The remarkable free-kick was Ward-Prowse’s sixth league goal of the campaign. And with that, Southampton will be breathing a massive sigh of relief that they agreed a new contract with the midfielder in the summer.

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He was linked with a host of Premier League rivals. Aston Villa seemed to be the team leading the charge. But there were also reports claiming that Tottenham were keen.

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And interestingly, Liverpool were also said to be in the running. Southampton meanwhile, valued their captain at £50 million.

If anything, his asking price has only increased. He is now under contract until 2026. And Southampton are now under new ownership and will be hoping to kick on after an underwhelming period.

Nevertheless, Crooks has implored the Reds to make a move following his latest brilliant strike.

“The free-kick scored by Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse against Wolves was outstanding, though,” he told BBC Sport. “How long are Liverpool going to wait to buy Ward-Prowse? They allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to leave on a free transfer and are struggling in that midfield department. Ward-Prowse would fit like a glove.”

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Liverpool definitely need more goals from their midfield. Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita lead the way with two goals each in the Premier League this term.

Of course, goals from the middle of the park is not as important given the attacking players they do have. And that defensive quality those midfielders do provide is important to the balance of the team.

Ward-Prowse is someone who sets an example on the south coast. He is the captain and their top goalscorer.

But it is hard to see Liverpool going near the sort of price Southampton would want for their talisman in any of the coming transfer windows.

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