John McGinn backed to be the ‘perfect’ signing for Liverpool despite Aston Villa stance

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Aston Villa star John McGinn would be a “perfect” addition to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool midfield, according to Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend. McGinn has reportedly caught the eye of Klopp following his performances for both Villa and Scotland.

Liverpool are in the market for a midfielder following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum.

And McGinn is said to be one of the players Klopp is looking at.

Reports in recent days claimed Liverpool were preparing an offer of around £20million for the 26-year-old.

The Athletic claims that figure is some way short of what Villa would accept.

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Villa would want at least £45m-£50m and Liverpool would have to sell to raise those funds.

But when asked if McGinn would suit Klopp’s side, Townsend was unequivocal in his response.

Townsend said on talkSPORT: “Yes. The type of player John McGinn is, I think that would be the perfect for the way Jurgen Klopp likes to play.

“He’s fast, strong, he gets about the pitch, he’s defensive-minded when needed.

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“People will raise their eyebrows because it’s John McGinn from Scotland, but if you look at the way he plays and his credentials, 100 per cent he can slot straight into that Liverpool team.

“He’d fit straight into the way they want to play.

“Liverpool play with two holding midfielders, Jordan Henderson being one of them and, if he goes, John McGinn can be the other.

“He’s got the discipline to just sit and allow the attacking players to do their thing and allow the full-backs to get high, so I think it would be a good fit to get someone in of that stature to marshal just in front of the back four.”

McGinn joined Villa from Hibs for just £2.75m in 2018 and he has been a revelation.

The Scot helped Villa gain promotion back to the Premier League and also attain an 11th-placed finish last term.

And Townsend has warned Liverpool the Villa Park club will not be willing to part with McGinn easily.

“But, what I will add to that is Aston Villa are going for it as well,” Townsend added.

“You see the signing of [Emi] Buendia, so they’re probably saying, ‘listen guys, stick with us and we’re going to spend some money and give it a real go to try and break into the top six and European football this season’.”

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