LIVERPOOL URGED TO SIGN JAMES MADDISON

James Maddison

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has been urged to sign Leicester City’s James Maddison by former Reds’ ace Steve McMahon.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was on target for Leicester during their 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday having once again put in another fine display for The Foxes. He is, of course, a player of interest and it’s known that Klopp rates him highly.


McMahon, speaking to Malaysian broadcaster Stadium Astro, suggested that the England Under 21 international would be an ideal addition to the Liverpool squad and few would argue with his comments.

“He’s confident,” said McMahon. “I just wonder, there comes a time and this is no disrespect to Leicester, I wonder if Maddison will make a decision like Maguire and think: ‘Do I go for the medals? Do I go for the cash?’

“I don’t think he’s going to be at Leicester for a long, long time. I really don’t.

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“I think Maddison has another level to go. I think there’s a top team, if it’s not Liverpool then United maybe, they’ll be in for him. He can only get better.

“Jürgen loves up and at them players, 100 per cent, non-stop work rate. He knows his full backs can create a chance, the space and can go for an overlap.

“I don’t see Maddison sitting on the bench [at a big club]. Say he comes to Liverpool, I’m not telling James Maddison to leave, but if I’m Klopp I would be looking to sign a player.

“He’s young, he’s English, he’s got a lot going for him. He changes the tempo of the game, why wouldn’t he get in Liverpool’s midfield?

“Henderson has been getting replaced forever with Milner, Keita has not come on leaps and bounds, Fabinho is the holding midfield player.

“There’s a position there for him. If he came and he knuckled down, and he got his work ethic sorted, I see no reason why he wouldn’t fit in.”

Tottenham and Manchester United have also been heavily linked with Maddison and it’s likely that someone will step in with an offer in the summer.

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