Liverpool legend James Carragher has said that the Reds should have signed 23-year old Everton midfielder James McCarthy when he was just 16. McCarthy was reportedly on trial at Liverpool 7 years ago, before he decided to join Wigan Athletic.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez made McCarthy one of his first signings at Goodison Park by shelling out 12 million pounds for the emerging central midfielder.
Carragher was quoted in the Daily Star as saying, “He came in for a lot of money. He’s a player who came in and Leon Osman was playing off the front and Ross Barkley on the wing. He’s someone that Martinez knows from Wigan. He actually came to Liverpool as a 16-year-old on trial, we almost signed him. I wish we had him.”
Carragher though stated that McCarthy needs to add goals to his game if he aspires to shine at the top level as the Irishman has not managed a single goal from 18 Premier League appearances this term.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez rates McCarthy very highly and sees him as a future mainstay in the Toffees midfield.
Liverpool are currently on the look out for central midfielders and given McCarthy’s rise as one of the most reliable midfielders in the Premier League, Liverpool will most certainly look back at him as one who they missed out on.