Liverpool have been encouraged to sign Nigel De Jong from AC Milan by current midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The injured Brazilian is normally the first choice to play the holding midfield role, but the Reds have very little cover in this area and De Jong could be an ideal man to come in and shore up their midfield.

And the door could have opened for Liverpool to sign the Dutchman after Michael Essien joined the San Siro club – potentially knocking De Jong down the pecking order.

Leiva could see his own position come under threat if De Jong comes to Anfield, particularly if he establishes himself in the time whilst the Brazilian is injured.

But he still wants his club to bring in reinforcements in his position.