Liverpool legend John Barnes does not believe that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison would fit Jurgen Klopp’s style of play following reports that the Reds could make a move for the 22-year-old.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are also said to be interested in the Foxes playmaker, but when asked if he would excel at Anfield, Barnes replied:
“I don’t necessarily think James Maddison would suit the Liverpool style of play. He could fit in at Manchester City with the way they play but he would not fit in at all of the top six teams.”
“He does well at Leicester as he suits that type of play but does not mean he would suit Liverpool or even England with their style. He has a load of quality and is a fantastic player, but a team would have to accommodate for him to be able to work in the team. Any team he goes too, he would be a huge asset for them.”
Since the departure of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool have not played with a traditional no.10 and have instead moved to three players in midfield, which Klopp believes offers his side more controlled possession.
Maddison is no doubt a talent, but with reports suggesting that Leicester would demand as much as £80m for the midfielder, it seems unlikely that the Reds would shell out such a fee for a player who may not fit easily into their system.
The England star has scored three goals and provided two assists in nine appearances this season, with many observers praising his level of performances.