Jamie Carragher has claimed that Leicester City’s James Maddison is the type of player that should be on Liverpool’s radar.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the best young players in the Premier League and he thrived during his first season in the top-flight last year.
He made an immediate impact at the King Power Stadium following his switch from Norwich City, scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists in his debut Leicester campaign.
The attacking midfielder is a major creative threat that thrives in a number 10 role, while Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has also deployed him to the left in the new season.
Maddison is still waiting for his first senior England cap, but has been drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad before and is continuing to improve.
Ex-Liverpool defender and now Sky Sports pundit Carragher has identified the Leicester maestro as someone that should interest Anfield officials.
“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:50pm, 19 August).
“People have been talking about [Philippe] Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a well-oiled machine that have become Champions League holders and gone so close to pipping Manchester City to a Premier League title, so it’s quite hard to improve their team.
But one area that is often called out by supporters is their creativity from midfield and they would like some more ammunition to feed their electric front trio.
Maddison looks someone destined to play at the elite level, but he’s at the perfect place in Leicester right now and the set-piece specialist is making a name for himself.
He’s definitely someone that Liverpool should consider perhaps next summer with his eye for a pass and intelligence, but his price tag could rise if he has another impressive year in the Premier League.