Liverpool should move to sign Alex McCarthy after he is dropped by Southampton

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl dropped goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and following the shock decision Liverpool should look to make the 29-year-old their only January signing.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the England international had started every top flight match for the south coast in 2018 having displaced Fraser Forster at the end of 2017 and then kept his spot when Angus Gunn arrived from Manchester City last summer, but he was omitted from the XI by Ralph Hasenhuttl in midweek.

The Austrian had publically criticised the stopper’s positioning for the goal he conceded from West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson last month, but it was still a surprise to see him dropped given he helped rescue the club from relegation last term, remains a decent shot-stopper and made his debut for the Three Lions in November.

One thing that may have let him down under the 51-year-old is his distribution and lack of quick decision-making when he does have the ball, and Gunn certainly did himself plenty of favours by making plenty of saves and keeping a clean sheet in the capital.

Why should Liverpool move?

Well, while the Reds have their first-choice stopper in Alisson now, Jurgen Klopp may not have the strength in depth in the goalkeeping department that he wants given Simon Mignolet is his back-up.

The Belgian has proven many times before that he can be a liability, and should the Merseyside outfit lose their Brazilian number one to injury or suspension then the German manager would want a reliable performer to step in.

McCarthy would certainly fit the mould and has shown his quality on a regular basis, and if Southampton are willing to cash in on him this month then Liverpool should strike a deal with them for one of their stars for the umpteenth time, which would also allow them to sell Mignolet.

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