Rodgers described the Reading goalkeeper as one of the best young goalkeepers he’s ever seen, which seems to be the reason Roy Hodgson has drafted him into the England squad for the summer friendly matches against Ireland and Brazil.
The rumour mill was going made last month following McCarthy’s performance during the 0-0 draw against Liverpool, which prompted plenty of rumours he’d be signed by Rodgers as a long term replacement for Pepe Reina.
Well the bad news is if he’s still interested in him, then this massive leap of justification over his quality has probably just cost Liverpool a few more million than they would have otherwise spent.
Reading are under no pressure to sell their shot stopper because his contract at the club doesn’t expire for two years and he’s expressed no desire to leave, especially now that he’s in the England camp.
Reina is not over the hill just yet but at some point Liverpool are going to need to think about replacing him and the rumours suggesting he could go back to Spain this summer haven’t altogether gone away.
McCarthy could still be that man because he ticks every box when it comes to what Rodgers is trying to achieve at Anfield at the moment; he’s young, he’s got a superb work rate and he’s proven his talent and potential.
Liverpool could still afford him but Rodgers missed a trick because he could have got him tied down on a long term deal in principle last month, which would go through when the summer transfer window opens.
His market value will now be higher but it won’t be out of Liverpool’s reach because Reading have just been relegated and they are a Championship team, which would be selling to a Premier League giant.
It’s going to now be a lot more difficult for them to get him because the goalkeeper could see any move away from Reading as a threat to not only his development but his England career.
Then there’s the fact that if Reading do reach the point where he’s asked for a move away, Liverpool are not going to be the only club interested in signing him.
Arsenal have struggled throughout the season when it comes to their goalkeeper situation and if that carries on, they will be very interested. Chelsea may also put in a cheeky bid if they can’t convince Thibaut Courtois to be the club’s replacement for Petr Cech.
Reflection and the ability to look back is a wonderful thing and had Rodgers known that McCarthy would become an England international last month, he more than likely would have gone cap in hand to Tom Werner and insisted on the club commissioning the deal.
Have Liverpool missed out? Should they go after McCarthy in the summer regardless?