Fabrizio Romano has given his take on whether Liverpool could sign James Maddison from Leicester City next summer.
Jude Bellingham is generally viewed as Liverpool’s top target to improve their midfield. The 19-year-old has been shining at Borussia Dortmund for more than two years, while he also scored England’s first goal at the Qatar World Cup.
Liverpool chiefs have huge admiration for Bellingham and would love to take him to Anfield. However, they do need to have alternatives in mind just in case he ends up choosing Real Madrid instead.
The 25-year-old, who is more of an attacking midfielder than England team-mate Bellingham, has been in brilliant form this term. His record stands at seven goals and four assists in 14 matches.
Souness thinks one reason Liverpool should sign Maddison over Bellingham is because of his better goal threat.
“I think all the big guns are after him and I think Liverpool would do well to sign him [Bellingham],” Souness said. “I think they will have stiff opposition.
“The way football works today, if Real Madrid come after you you generally end up there.
“He’s a player, I like him very much, but I just think there are more goals in James Maddison, and I like James Maddison.”
Fabrizio Romano tackles Liverpool transfer rumour
There hadn’t been any links between Maddison and Liverpool before Souness made those comments. Instead, it is Tottenham and Newcastle who are pushing to sign him from Leicester.
Transfer expert Romano has responded to Souness’ claim. While he expects Liverpool to be ‘busy with midfield changes’, there are no discussions for Maddison right now.
“New midfielders will be the priority for Liverpool on the market next year, with Jude Bellingham one of their top priorities after they failed to sign Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer,” Romano said during an interview with CaughtOffside.
“Graeme Souness has suggested that there might be too much competition for Bellingham, so Jurgen Klopp should try going after James Maddison instead.
“I’m sure Liverpool will be linked with 100 midfielders in the months ahead, by both media reports and pundit comments like this. We know they will be busy with midfield changes in 2023.
“At the moment, though, there are still no clubs in negotiations for Maddison… so we will see what Liverpool will decide to do. For the time being, Bellingham remains the top priority; nothing has changed.”
It looks like Liverpool are not targeting Maddison as things stand. They could still set their sights on him in the future, although a switch to Spurs or Newcastle is more likely.
Either way, Maddison has proved he has the ability to shine for a bigger team than Leicester. He has been at the heart of pretty much everything Leicester have done well in the attacking third this campaign.
He was initially an outsider to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup due to England’s great options in forward areas. But he has forced his way into the setup with plenty of top displays for Leicester in the past few months.
And those performances could see Maddison secure a big-money transfer next year, too.