sport news Garth Crooks urges Liverpool to bid £45m for Lewis Dunk

Garth Crooks has urged Liverpool to make a £45million bid for Brighton star Lewis Dunk after singing the praises of the defender following a towering performance against Watford.

The BBC pundit included Dunk in his 'Team of the Festive Period' alongside Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Manchester City star Kyle Walker in a back three, and now thinks he should join them at a top-four club.

Having already invested a widely ridiculed £75m on Virgil van Dijk, Crooks believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would do well to invest another vast sum in the English centre-back. 

Lewis Dunk has been tipped for a big-money move from Brighton to Liverpool this month

Lewis Dunk has been tipped for a big-money move from Brighton to Liverpool this month

Garth Crooks wants Jurgen Klopp to pair Dunk with new signing Virgil van Dijk at Anfield

Garth Crooks wants Jurgen Klopp to pair Dunk with new signing Virgil van Dijk at Anfield

He believes Van Dijk's transfer from Southampton should now value Dunk, who has yet to represent England at any level, should be valued at £35m, but says Liverpool should add an extra £10m just to get the deal done quickly.

Crooks wrote: 'What a result it was for Brighton to take the points against Watford on 23 December. It was Dunk's performance against Watford, and again at Newcastle, that left me thinking he is a top-four defender if ever I saw one. 

'Whether he can

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