Steve McMahon has told Stadium Astro that he believes Leicester City playmaker James Maddison would be an excellent fit for Liverpool and has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign him – despite Maddison being a Manchester United fan.
Maddison, 22, scored against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon as the Reds earned a very late three points. Maddison’s effort cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener, only for James Milner to score an injury-time penalty.
The English playmaker, who has finally been called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior side, has netted two goals and laid on two assists in seven Premier League appearances. He has a contract at the King Power until the summer of 2023.
“This is no disrespect to Leicester because I think they’re a fantastic club, but I think Maddison has a decision to make,” McMahon said. “Do I follow Harry Maguire and Riyad Mahrez in leaving Leicester for the medals and the cash?
“He’s young, he’s English. If I’m Klopp, I would be looking at him. He’s got a lot going for him. He changes the tempo of the game. There is a place for him. I see no reason why he wouldn’t fit in.”
TBR’s view – Maddison is excellent, but would not fit in at Liverpool
There is no doubt that Maddison would be an excellent signing. He is a stunning player that is great to watch, with his vision, dribbling, set-pieces, goals, assists, speed and more making him a sight for sore eyes.
However, Klopp’s Liverpool thrive because of their hard-working midfield. James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are more renowned for their gritty style, rather than creativity and the technical side of the game.
Maddison is too attacking to fit into Klopp’s side. He would be better suited, if he dropped deeper, or Liverpool changed their system.