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John Barnes spent long enough around a successful Liverpool team to know a thing or two about what is needed to win trophies at Anfield.

The former star winger is convinced that Jurgen Klopp must move for a world-class central defender and there is one player that Barnes ticks all the boxes.

Real Madrid’s French World Cup winner, Raphael Varane is the player Barnes feels would make Liverpool solid at the back once again and the are currently offering 8/1 as Anfield being his next destination.

“Varane would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool. He’s quick, he’s a good defender and great on the ball so he would suit the way that Liverpool play and for Liverpool to sign him would be a fantastic piece of business.

“He would strengthen any team in the Premier League but if he is leaving Real Madrid then there will be a lot of teams interested and a lot of competition to sign him,” said Barnes.

With Varane paired with Virgil van Dijk in defence you would see betting experts like all the new casinos shortening their odds on Liverpool winning the Premier League next season.

With just 18 months remaining on his Real Madrid contract, the centre-back could be allowed to leave Los Blancos this summer.

The French international has been linked with the Reds in recent weeks, while Manchester United have also been touted as a possible destination.

Given the attributes Barnes describes, it is easy to see how Varane would improve Liverpool defensively. Given they play with a high line, his pace would be a great attribute and his ability to pair up with different centre backs in his career shows he can adapt to different partners.

His ability on the ball is also important given that Liverpool have certainly lost something from their game since van Dijk was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Plus, the experience of winning titles with Madrid plus the World Cup with France gives Varane a true pedigree – and he is at a good age to bring that experience to Anfield without being a player in the back end of his career.

Given the contract situation, Madrid may want to move him on and he would certainly be available at less than his true market value – similar to how Liverpool snapped up Thiago.

Getting Varane for in and around £50m could be a summer bargain.