Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy reportedly opted against a move to Liverpool last summer to stay on the South Coast for the 2019/20 campaign.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool sounded out the possible signing of McCarthy in the summer of 2019 but the shot-stopper decided that he wanted to stay at Southampton and be a number one in the Premier League.
The report claims that Liverpool also turned down the chance to sign Pepe Reina back before signing Adrian after McCarthy made it clear that he was going to remain at St. Mary’s.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Looking at Adrian’s stats for Liverpool compared to McCarthy’s for Southampton, the Reds may be slightly frustrated that they were unable to convince him to come and be their back-up to Alisson. Adrian has kept one clean sheet and made three errors leading to goals in 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since his arrival.
McCarthy, meanwhile, has kept nine clean sheets and made three errors leading to goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Southampton since the start of last season. He has also made 87 saves in that time, compared to Adrian’s 22 – albeit in more games than the Spaniard.
This shows that McCarthy could have been a superior signing for Liverpool if they had managed to get him in instead of Adrian. However, it is understandable that he wanted to be playing regular football and being on the bench at Liverpool may not have been appealing to him, with the Englishman being Southampton’s first choice between the sticks.