John Aldridge feels Liverpool should make an approach for West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diame in the summer.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic last summer, has impressed at Upton Park this season and has been the club's standout performer in their big matches on a regular basis. The Senegal international turned in yet another eye-catching display in West Ham's 0-0 draw at Anfield at the weekend.
"One player I would urge Liverpool to keep tabs on is a brute of a midfielder we saw in action at Anfield this weekend. Mohamed Diame is a tremendous player and so strong and powerful in that central [midfield] role," Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.
"He is exactly what the Reds need in there and in the two games between Liverpool and West Ham United this season he has been the best player. I'm sure many of you have seen the way he muscled his way into the box during the first-half to create a great chance for himself. Diame is certainly one for future reference," the former Liverpool striker added.
Diame has made 26 Premier League appearances this season, scoring twice; against Arsenal and Chelsea. The midfielder, who has a £3.5m release clause in his West Ham contract, was heavily linked to the Gunners, during the January transfer window.
Allardyce: West Ham Need One More Win
Meanwhile, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce insists his side need three more points to be absolutely safe from relegation.
The draw at Anfield helped West Ham move on to 37 points, six clear of the drop zone. However, the manager is keen on picking up at least one more win from the remaining seven games.
"I'd like another three points. Some of the teams below us are picking up two or three wins back-to-back, but we are looking up, not down," Allardyce stressed.
The English tactician also hailed his defence, who nullified Liverpool's attack at Anfield.
"I don't think we've defended better away from home all season," the 58-year-old added.