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Liverpool tipped to join race to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison

Liverpool tipped to join Maddison race
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Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan says that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison could become 'the new Philippe Coutinho' if he moved to Liverpool.

Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has claimed that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison would be an ideal fit for Liverpool.

Having impressed since joining the Foxes in 2018, the playmaker has emerged as an alleged transfer target for the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Whelan - formerly of Leeds United and Coventry City - feels that the Englishman could act as a like-for-like replacement for Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

The 44-year-old told Football Insider: "James Maddison is absolutely a Liverpool type of player, I can see him joining. He can be the new Coutinho. He's similar to him in many ways – great feet, can run with the ball, can see a pass that no-one else can and scores wonder goals.

"He's still young but already he's a real gem and his value is going to get higher and higher over the next few years. All the big teams will be watching him, but they will know he won't come cheap."

Maddison has scored eight goals in his 42 Premier League outings for Leicester.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool12111028101834
2Leicester CityLeicester128222982126
3Chelsea1282227171026
4Manchester CityMan City1281335132225
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd12453139417
6Arsenal124531617-117
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd124441612416
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves123721615116
9Bournemouth124441515016
10Burnley124351718-115
11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124351517-215
12Crystal Palace124351016-615
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124351118-715
14Tottenham HotspurSpurs123541817114
15Everton124261318-514
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham123451420-613
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Watford12156823-158
19Southampton122281129-188
20Norwich CityNorwich122191128-177

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