Gary Neville believes Christian Eriksen can follow in the footsteps of Xherdan Shaqiri and has urged Liverpool to sign the midfielder this summer.
Shaqiri was a bargain £13m signing from Stoke in July 2018 after Liverpool activated the Stoke midfielder’s release clause. The Swiss star went on to play 63 times for Liverpool and won the Premier League and Champions League.
And Neville thinks Eriksen could be in the same mould as Shaqiri, although the Denmark international is a free agent.
Of course any suitors for the Brentford star would have to offer a signing on fee. And pay the player’s wages. But the 30-year-old would represent a bargain for someone willing to take the former Spurs playmaker.
Eriksen, who is out of contract in July, has shown with the Bees he can still have a huge impact in the Premier League. And Neville thinks Jurgen Klopp could do a lot worse.
Speaking on The Overlap Fan Debate, Neville said: “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 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 [Alcantara] – 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.
Eriksen yet to decide his future
“I just thought of it then, but Liverpool do need midfield players, they do need people with quality to feed the strikers and to be fair, why wouldn’t you [sign Eriksen]? They did that with Shaqiri.”
Brentford are hoping to keep Eriksen and the player says he has a number of options.
Both Spurs and Manchester United have been mentioned as suitors, while Fabrizio Romano says he has been approached by three Premier League clubs. Eriksen himself has admitted returning to play in Europe would be desirable.
“I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision. I’d love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me,” he said earlier this month.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher says he would like to see Eriksen stay with the Bees.
“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. I’d like him to stay,” said Carragher.