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The Scottish central midfielder, James McCarthy, was very close to be signed by Liverpool when he was a teenager, but, for some reason, that didn’t happen. The former Reds defender Jamie Carragher disclosed that in one of his interviews a few days back.

McCarthy is currently a part of Everton FC. He had made a move to the Merseyside club in September last year and he is doing very well there. He has already played 19 matches for the Toffees and has been one of their consistent performers this season. Yes, he is yet to have a goal under his belt, but, his useful contributions can’t be ignored.

Carragher who played for Liverpool for about 17 years was talking to a website on Monday. When he was asked about McCarthy’s performance in his debut season at Everton, he said, “They spent a big amount to bring him in and I must say that he hasn’t disappointed them. He has played with aggression, but, if he had scored a few goals, it would have been much better.”

“He could actually have played for Liverpool. When he was 16 years of age, he was very close to making his way to Anfield, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”

“Roberto (Martinez) had worked with him at Wigan. So, he was well aware of his abilities and that’s why he didn’t hesitate to pay that much for him.”

Everton paid a transfer fee of 12 million Pounds to Wigan Athletic to secure the services of McCarthy and the Scot has proved that he’s worth that amount. The only thing that he needs to make sure now is that he strikes a couple of times. By doing so, he would be able to silence his critics.

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