According to Daily Star, Liverpool is lining up a move for Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy this summer. The Reds could be devoid of goalkeeping options next season, with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius linked with a move away from Anfield. As a result, manager Jurgen Klopp has identified the McCarthy as his desired backup option for first choice ‘keeper Alisson.
Alex McCarthy’s mixed season at Southampton
McCarthy was Southampton’s first choice for most of the 2018/19 campaign. But, following the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl, the England international lost his place to Angus Gunn, who became a first-team regular since February.
As a result, McCarthy ended the campaign, making only 25 league appearances. He kept only four clean sheets and conceded 44 goals. But, that was when Southampton were struggling to make a mark under Mark Hughes.
That being said, it’s unlikely that the 29-year-old will be able to dethrone Gunn as Southampton’s top choice ‘keeper next season. And despite having a long-term contract with the Saints, a move away from St. Mary’s could make sense for McCarthy this summer.
What can McCarthy bring to the table?
McCarthy is advertised as a conservative goalkeeper, who generally likes to stay inside his area. Boasting a tall frame of 193cm, the Southampton ‘keeper can be quite intimidating for the opposition, especially in terms of set-pieces. But, it also puts him at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to his mobility inside the box.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old often struggles to keep hold of the ball and instead, likes to punch it to safety – something he’s quite good at doing. At the same time, however, McCarthy can cover a lot of area in goal, thanks to his large frame. He has notably averaged 3.1 saves per game, which is quite impressive.
Should Liverpool make a move for McCarthy?
McCarthy would be an ideal target for Liverpool. The Southampton ‘keeper’s conservative style of play would provide a new dimension in the club’s goalkeeping department. And with the 29-year-old unlikely to find any regular game-time at Southampton next season, he might as well be content with being the second choice behind Alisson at Liverpool next season.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored
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