According to sources, Liverpool is keeping an eye on James Maddison, a midfielder for Leicester City, in preparation for a possible summer transfer.
The Foxes playmaker has 18 months left on his contract at the King Power and has been strongly linked with leaving because he hasn’t signed new terms.
Newcastle and Tottenham of the Premier League have made the 26-year-old a top priority, but Jurgen Klopp may have an unexpected edge.
The England international has previously acknowledged that he comes from a family of Reds fans, and it appears that he has attracted the attention of the Anfield management.
In advance of the forthcoming summer transfer window, Liverpool are’monitoring’ Maddison’s status, according to Football Insider, and have a ‘active interest’ in the player.
If he leaves Leicester, the Merseysiders are expected to be “in the mix” for his talents, and a sum between £60m and £70m is “likely to be enough” to close a deal.
Given that Maddison is Leicester’s top performer overall and that Liverpool is in Ԁιre need of a midfield makeover, FSG should absolutely spend big to capture Maddison’s services.
In the top division so far this season, the Puma-sponsored player has tallied nine goals and five assists while averaging 2.9 shots and 2.3 critical passes per game (WhoScored).
The key player for the Foxes is a versatile player who excels at free-kicks, ranking second only to Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse in terms of goals from set-pieces.
Maddison is the ideal choice to give some energy to the middle third on Merseyside after being dubbed a “frightening” player by BT Sport analyst Rio Ferdinand.
Jamie Carragher warns Liverpool fans not to ‘get too carried away’ after Man United victory
According to Jamie Carragher of Monday Night Football, despite Liverpool’s thumping of Manchester United, they are not returning.
The Reds great did acknowledge that Liverpool’s second-half effort against Erik ten Hag’s team was comparable to some of their best recent performances under Jurgen Klopp.
With a game in hand and a stronger goal differential after thrashing United 7-0, Klopp’s team is currently only three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
According to Carragher, Liverpool has the following chances of finishing in the top four:
“I wouldn’t get overly excited by Manchester United’s loss; I don’t believe they had dropped a game in 22 games, and I wouldn’t claim this is Liverpool’s comeback.
We were watching a Liverpool performance from three or four years ago in the second half, but even recently, when Liverpool’s results have improved, it hasn’t been the same Liverpool.
“I believe that was challenging because the bar was so high, but certainly, it gives everyone hope that Liverpool can finish in the top four.
“Since the World Cup, I think the majority of Liverpool fans didn’t think they would finish in the top four, but now they’re right in the mix where people might make them favorites, but I still think they have a figҺт on with Newcastle and Tottenham in those positions. But right now, if they keep playing like they did in that second half, they’ve got a great opportunity to make it,” said one Liverpool supporter.
Since United somewhat outperformed the other team in terms of opportunities generated in the first half, Carragher’s assessment is quite balanced.
The second-half blitz, though, cannot be disregarded. Even if United threw in the white towels, Liverpool’s football was wonderful to watch for its clinical nature.
The fans deserved this after suffering through a lot this season, Andrew Robertson said after the game. Nevertheless, he made sure that this was supported with successful performances in the upcoming games.
The Reds need to Ƅeaт Bournemouth on Saturday in order to support the United thrashing if they want to finish fourth. Otherwise, it would be essentially pointless. We have so frequently this campaign followed up significant victories with sloppy draws and defeats.
A second leg of the Champions League match between Real Madrid is also forthcoming. The least they can do is make the European champions’ situation as difficult as they can, even though it seems impossible to overcome a three-goal deficit away from home.