Jurgen Klopp should abandon efforts to sign Domagoj Vida and try to sign an Atletico Madrid defensive stalwart instead, according to Liverpool great Steve Nicol.
Despite spending over £250million over the past 12 months, Liverpool are still being linked with transfer moves this summer, with a raid on Besiktas for Croatian defender Vida.
The World Cup finalist is likely to command a fee of around £20million as Klopp sees an extra central defensive option to compete with Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan.
However, Nicol – who won the Double with Liverpool in 1986 – has a bigger target in mind – and has urged Klopp to move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.
“Should Liverpool sign Vida? I would say no,” Nicol told ESPN.
“If I could right now, I would go to Atletico Madrid and get Diego Godin.
“He’s got another couple of seasons left in him and the guy is just an out-and-out defender who organises a defence.
If you think attracting Godin from Atletico might prove difficult, Nicol has a strong argument as to why a move could be possible.
“Liverpool got to the Champions League final last year – who got further last season, Liverpool or Atletico Madrid?” he added.
“How many times have Atletico Madrid won it? Zero. How many times have Liverpool won it? Five. It’s not a step down.”
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