By Kevin Campbell

1st Jun, 2021 | 2:00pm

Liverpool have found 'perfect' Wijnaldum replacement after contact made - pundit

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans would be a “brilliant” replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum at Liverpool, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old would “fit perfectly” into Jurgen Klopp’s side next season.

Wijnaldum is on the verge of completing a move to Barcelona after he failed to reach an agreement with Liverpool regarding a new contract.

It comes after Football Insider revealed that a deal was “95 per cent done” at the beginning of March.

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported last week that Liverpool are keen on Tielemans as a potential replacement for Wijnaldum and a source has told Football Insider that they have registered their interest.

The Belgium international was one of the Foxes’ standout performers in the 2020-21 campaign, with nine goals and six assists to his name in 51 appearances across all competitions.

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When asked by Football Insider if Tielemans would be a welcome addition at Anfield, Campbell said: “Tielemans would be a brilliant signing.

“I think he would fit in at Liverpool perfectly. He will add more of a goal threat as well, especially from range.

“He is a very good footballer and he would be very capable filling the void left by Wijnaldum.

“Listen, when you are Liverpool and you lose a player like Wijnaldum you have to replace him with quality. Wijnaldum is so underrated and when he is not there Liverpool miss him.

“Klopp will buy right though. He knows what he needs and he will purchase correctly.” 

In other news, a finance expert claims Liverpool are set to dodge a ‘big fine’ as an official UEFA probe gets underway.