The midfielder who joined Roberto Martinez’s side for £13million from Wigan on deadline day, turned down the opportunity to sign for the Reds as a 16-year-old following a successful trial. McCarthy – now 22 – went on to make a name for himself at Wigan, and was an integral part of the side that won the FA Cup under Martinez last season in shock circumstances.
And he believes the fact he has earned himself a big money move to Everton proves his decision to turn down the Reds six years ago was the right one.
“There was talk of it [Liverpool]. Obviously I went down for a week’s trial. It wasn’t to be, I was too young at the time. I didn’t want to move away from home,” the Republic of Ireland midfielder said.
“To be honest, the way things have worked out, I am happy.”
McCarthy’s switch to Goodison Park was completed minutes before the transfer window slammed shut, and the young midfielder admitted deadline day proved rather stressful.
“It was very hectic,” he added.
“At times it goes through your head that it might not happen. As time went on, it got to 10.30 at night and I was thinking to myself, ‘Is it going to happen or not?’ Thankfully it did and I’m just delighted to be at such a great club.
“It is a great place to be. Since I heard they were interested I wanted to come here.”
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