The net is closing in on this one!
The talented young centre-half excelled last season as Tony Pulis’ side surprised everyone in comfortably establishing themselves as a Premier League outfit following promotion.
Key to their success was a water-tight defence, with Shawcross’ assured displays having caught the eye consistently.
Liverpool are in the market for a central defender following Sami Hyypia’s departure over the summer and are keen for a British alternative to Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel alongside Jamie Carragher.
Hull City’s Michael Turner is known to be a target but Rafa Benitez could instead opt for Shawcross given the Tigers’ prohibitive valuation of their player.
Shawcross started his career at Manchester United before joining Stoke permanently in January 2008 following a productive loan spell at the Britannia Stadium. (Sky Sports)
I don’t know why but I have a sneaking feeling we may end up signing this youngster. Everything points in that direction. If Rafa actively made a bid for Hull City’s Michael Turner then that merely confirms that he realises we could do with another centre back. Shawcross is just 21 and therefore adheres to the club’s policy of getting more youthful talent in the squad and to add to the mix he is also English so therefore helps the Liverpool boss prepare for the impending 6+5 homegrown rule.
Watch this space!