By Noel Whelan

14th Jan, 2022 | 5:00pm

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Noel Whelan has claimed Liverpool could sign their own Kevin De Bruyne in the shape of Real Madrid star Toni Kroos this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 32-year-old would bring some much-needed creativity to Anfield.

As reported by Catalan newspaper El Nacional on Monday (10 January), Liverpool are prepared to table a £25million (€30million) bid for Kroos this summer.

The Reds are reportedly keeping close tabs on the Germany international’s contract situation at Real Madrid.

The report claims the Spanish heavyweights are not planning on opening talks over a new deal, with his current terms set to expire in 2023.

Whelan suggested a move for Kroos could give Liverpool “something special” in the middle of the park.

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“I think they need more in that midfield area,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Watching last night (v Arsenal), they need somebody with that little bit more creativity. It can be sometimes a little bit too robotic and they need somebody with that little bit of something special.

“Someone who can see a pass very quickly before it happens. Maybe try something a little bit different. Threading through balls to strikers instead of side to side, the safe pass and keeping possession.

“Someone who’s going to take that little bit of risk with a pass, like De Bruyne and Bernado Silva. These are players you need in your side.

“Toni Kroos has been a proven player for over a decade now. In the international setup, very, very, very well respected player.

“It would be like having another Thiago. Adding that experience in the dressing room and on the training ground.”

Kroos has played 21 times for Real Madrid this season.

He has a total of 341 appearances under his belt for Los Blancos.

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