Kevin Phillips has insisted Liverpool would be pulling off a “big coup” if they were to sign David Alaba.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed the Bayern Munich defender would “really strengthen” the Reds squad.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed in the Guardian this week the Premier League champions are pushing to sign Alaba who is out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season.
Football Insider revealed in November the 28-year-old would be open to a move to Anfield but would prefer a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Madrid have reportedly offered Alaba a long-term contract amid uncertainty over the future of captain Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool are in the middle of a defensive crisis with first-choice centre-back pairing Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk both out with long-term injuries.
It meant midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho lined up at the heart of defence in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Southampton on Monday night.
Asked by Football Insider whether Alaba would be a smart addition for Liverpool, Phillips said: “It would be expensive wage wise but Liverpool are not struggling for a few quid.
“He is certainly a player I could see there and it would be a big coup for them.
“Another player who would really strengthen their squad. It could turn out to be a great signing on a free.”
After missing Bayern’s opening game of the season, Alaba has played in every Bundesliga game since.
In over 11 years in the first-team at the German champions, the Austria international has played over 400 games across all competitions.