Dietmar Hamann: James McCarthy would be perfect replacement for Steven Gerrard

Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann says the club should be looking to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told the Irish Independent that the Reds should be making a move to sign Everton star James McCarthy.

Hamann played almost 300 games for Liverpool as a midfielder, and won nine trophies with the club, including the 2005 Champions League final.

Now working as a pundit, Hamann has given some thoughts on who should be replacing Reds skipper Steven Gerrard at the end of the season.

Gerrard will leave Anfield this summer for a move to MLS side LA Galaxy, meaning Brendan Rodgers has a tough task on his hands when it comes to replacing the 34-year-old.

The inspirational captain will be hard to replace, but Hamann believes Liverpool should be looking to raid Merseyside rivals Everton for McCarthy.

"I’ve always been a big fan of his. I think he’s done ever so well this season," said Hamann of the Irish midfielder. "Whether he’s a player Liverpool are interested in him remains but to be seen but in the centre midfield area...Joe Allen, Henderson, there’s a few players there."

"Somebody has to step up and perform at the highest every single week because obviously that’s what will be missing with Steven Gerrard gone," he added.

McCarthy, 24, made his name with Hamilton Academical and Wigan Athletic before becoming a Premier League star with Everton.

McCarthy is the man who makes Everton's midfield tick, and he possesses many of the qualities which made Gerrard so successful at Liverpool - passing, determination, relentless work rate and the ability to get from box to box.

Given the rivalry between the two clubs, it would be a shock to see Everton sell their star player to Liverpool - but if the money is right, you just never know.

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