Manchester United legend Gary Neville has encouraged Liverpool to make a move for potential free agent Christian Eriksen and believes he could play for any of the Premier League’s top six.
The Dane, who suffered a heart attack in last summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, returned to football in January with Brentford and has performed superbly with the Bees, scoring once – against Chelsea – and laying on four assists in just 10 starts.
Incredibly, only Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold have created chances with more regularity than Eriksen since he returned to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old’s deal with Brentford expires at the end of next month and he is believed to have garnered interest from a number of clubs participating in Europe.
Neville feels the deal would be a no-brainer and was in awe of Eriksen’s performance against United at Old Trafford at the start of the month – even though Brentford lost – and has suggested he could be an ideal signing to act as cover and competition for Thiago at Anfield.
Speaking on The Overlap Fan Debate, Neville explained: ‘I think Eriksen will get plucked by a big club. He might show loyalty, to be fair, because of what Brentford have done for him.
‘I tell you what, if you were any top-six club that were looking at a midfield three and you wanted a player to go in there and play 30 games for you in a squad-type [situation], you’d [take him].
‘He could play for Manchester City, he could play for Liverpool, he could play for any of the top six.
‘I’m not saying starting every week, but he could come on. Look at what [Xherdan] Shaqiri was doing at Liverpool for two or three years there.
‘If Liverpool are looking for a midfield player to come on for, say, Thiago – who gets injured a little bit – why would you not look at Eriksen?
‘Why would you not look to him to come in for two seasons and do a job for you doing that? He’s brilliant. He’s a brilliant pro, he’s a great player, his quality on the ball is unbelievable.
‘To be fair, Brentford played out here [at Old Trafford], it was one of the games United won, but some of Eriksen’s passing in that game was out of this world at Old Trafford.
‘I just thought of it then, but Liverpool do need midfield players, they do need people with quality to feed them strikers and to be fair, why wouldn’t you [sign Eriksen]? They did that with Shaqiri.’
Fellow pundit Jamie Carragher added: ‘I like the fact he’s there. I know he could go to a bigger club but it’s like he is Brentford, he’s almost become Brentford alongside the manager [Thomas Frank]. I’d like him to stay.’
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