The Republic of Ireland international followed manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park at the start of last season, and has developed into one of the Toffees’ key men in their midfield.
Although Everton have not been as impressive as they were in 2013/14 this term, McCarthy has looked solid once again, helping his side to the last 16 of the Europa League before defeat to Dynamo Kiev.
Few players have crossed the vicious Merseyside divide in recent times, but ‘Carra’ says that he would love to see the former Hamilton midfielder in the centre of the pitch at Anfield alongside vice captain Jordan Henderson:
“I love McCarthy, I think he’s a brilliant player,” he is quoted by the Irish Examiner.
“If there was one player I could take from Everton to Liverpool, it would be James McCarthy. I think he’s just got to add goals. Jordan Henderson was maybe at that stage a year ago, where you really like what you see but there could be a few more goals or assists to take him up another level.
“Even though James McCarthy plays a more defensive role, he’s shown he can get forward. He’s a complete midfield player — he works hard, he can tackle, he can pass. I think eventually he’ll be the captain there.”
Liverpool face Man United tomorrow at Anfield and could go above their rivals into fourth with a win.