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Liverpool may drop Ndidi interest for Kenya's Wanyama - FCNaija

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 17/02/2018

Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool who have recently been linked with a summer move for Super Eagles star Wilfred Ndidi may have switched their focus away from the former Genk man following latest reports that Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a surprise move Kenya's Victor Wanyama.

Liverpool are set to welcome Naby Keita to the club in the summer once he completes his move from RB Leipzig. But while the Reds already have one player coming in, there are still major question marks over one current Liverpool star and whether he will leave.

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Emre Can is yet to commit his future to the club and Juventus are expected make an approach once his contract is up at the end of the season. And Liverpool are said to be already preparing for his possible departure by turning their attention to first Ndidi and now Tottenham’s Wanyama.

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That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Reds are closely monitoring his situation under Mauricio Pochettino.

Steven Gerrard recently suggested his former club will need to make a move for a “monster” central midfielder in the summer with Can expected to leave. And, although somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Gerrard suggested Wanyama would be the ideal addition to Klopp’s side.

"I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a central midfielder, a holder.

"A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four.

"Emre Can's leaving, obviously Keita's coming in. But Keita is a No 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner.

"The way he (Klopp) plays he plays 4-3-3 more often than not. So you can accommodate a Henderson and a Keita." Gerrard said on BT Sport

Manchester United and Chelsea have also taken note that the Kenya international has been used sparingly by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino following his return from injury.

Wanyama has started in the FA Cup ties against AFC Wimbledon and Newport County but has been used predominantly as a substitute during the eight other games that he has been involved in since recovering from a knee injury.