According to The Mirror, Southampton could be about to lose a seventh player to Liverpool since 2014, with the Reds repeatedly raiding St Mary’s Stadium for talent in recent years.
The likes of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren have all made the switch to Anfield, and now Alex McCarthy could be set to follow the well-trodden path from the south coast to Liverpool. However, unlike those before him, the player himself would be mad to up sticks this summer.
Well, The Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in a back-up for impressive summer 2018 signing Alisson in the coming months, with current deputy Simon Mignolet set to depart.
Former Crystal Palace shot-stopper McCarthy made 25 league appearances for the Saints in 2018/19 and kept four clean sheets, with his performances earning him an England call-up – he made his debut in the second half against the USA in November.
Since, the 29-year-old has lost his spot to Angus Gunn but, with the former Manchester City custodian making a couple of errors in net, McCarthy certainly has a chance of regaining the gloves – something he absolutely has to do if he is to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
After a stellar campaign between the sticks from the Brazilian, there is no chance of Alisson losing his place between the sticks to McCarthy next season and the Saints man would be leaving St Mary’s knowing full well he’d be nothing but a back-up ‘keeper – a difficult role at Anfield as proven by Mignolet and Loris Karius.
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Southgate has repeatedly insisted that he will pick his squad based on form rather than reputation – a statement proved by his decision to call up McCarthy despite Southampton’s struggles under Mark Hughes at the time.
The Guildford-born goalie would be nipping his international career in the bud by moving to Liverpool and should fancy himself to wrestle the shirt off Gunn next season if his teammate continues to deliver disappointing performances.