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Liverpool must consider swoop for Chelsea’s Thiago Silva

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must consider an unlikely swoop for veteran Chelsea defender Thiago Silva as the Brazilian titan approaches the conclusion of his contract at Stamford Bridge, according to one talkSPORT host…

What’s the talk?

Speaking on his talkSPORT Weekend Sports Breakfast show, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has waxed lyrical about Silva,  and commented that Blues boss Graham Potter would be wise to tie down the titan before the likes of Liverpool take interest in his contractual situation, and make an imminent move.

Cascarino said: “Thiago Silva’s performance was just extraordinary at the back. I just laugh at someone who is 38, gets in a one-on-one with Nunez, who is lightning quick and, ok, might catch half-a-yard but he doesn’t get away from Thiago Silva, which is extraordinary. Just brilliant defending.

“He was outstanding again for Chelsea, Thiago Silva. He’s got [Paolo] Maldini in him. [He could] play until 40 quite comfortably. If Chelsea didn’t offer a contract to him at the end of the season there will be plenty that would, without a doubt. I would if I was in a management position.”

Then, when asked if he’d take the centre-back at Anfield, he responded: “Yeah, if I could get him for nothing and get him in, absolutely.”

Imagine him & Van Dijk

When the Blues landed the now 38-year-old Silva on a free transfer in 2020 following the conclusion of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the expectation was an experienced figure would enter the fold and provide the blueprint for teammates to follow and nurture their own game.

While the 113-cap colossus is undoubtedly one of the greatest centre-backs of his era, little would the Blues faithful have imagined that he would emerge as the most consistent and formidable asset at their club’s disposal.

Having forged 105 appearances for his prestigious west London outfit, scoring five goals and assists apiece, the £110k-per-week phenom has monumentally won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

And this season, his remarkable Sofascore rating of 7.35 in the Premier League – the highest of any outfield player bar Benoit Badiashile, who has played two matches since his £35m switch from AS Monaco – is a testament to the supreme standing he still erects at the base of his side,  making 1.7 tackles and 1.4 interceptions and 4.4 clearances per outing, keeping five clean sheets.

Should he indeed join the ranks at Anfield, he could forge a deadly bond with Liverpool’s £75m centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who has been integral in his side’s success since arriving at the beginning of 2018.

With Van Dijk’s assurance and prowess as a ball-playing maestro from the backline partnering Silva’s resilience and tenacity, Klopp could finally reinstall the cohesion that has evaded the ninth-place strugglers this season.

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Bearing this in mind, Klopp simply must throw the kitchen sink at the legendary stalwart; amid the misty uncertainty of Liverpool’s position at the forefront of European football, Silva would instil composure and strengthen the collective efforts of the squad, and the partnership with Van Dijk is indeed positively tantalising.

He’s already showered in success after being written off at Stamford Bridge; he can do so again on Merseyside.