If there is anything that epitomises the confidence coursing through the England team right now, it is the sight of Harry Maguire strolling forward out of defence on a regular basis, elegantly picking passes and hauling his side forward.
That belief will only grow in the wake of the Three Lions banishing their World Cup penalty hoodoo with a 4-3 shootout win over Colombia in their last 16 tie, in which the Leicester man was absolutely colossal.
As Jose Pekerman’s side’s gamemanship gave way to long ball football as the game wore on, Maguire was immense in the air, winning a faintly believeable 12 aerial duels, proving that he can mix style with substance.
Without wishing to disrespect Maguire’s current club Leicester, he is performing at such a high level on the biggest stage of all that the big fish should soon come circling.
Liverpool are still searching for their perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk and Maguire proved against Colombia that he has the footballing ability to go with the strength he has already shown in the Premier League.
There are more pressing matters ahead for Maguire in the coming week and a half but Liverpool may want to get their enquiries in early as the price will only go up once he’s a World Cup winner…