Jamie Carragher believes Harry Maguire has proved himself an excellent signing for Manchester United and has likened him to Liverpool’s ever-dependable Virgil van Dijk.
United shelled out a world-record fee for a defender of £80m to sign Maguire last summer and the former Leicester man has underlined his quality to the Red Devils with a number of solid displays that have earned him the captain’s armband.
And Anfield legend Carragher has explained why, because of Maguire’s similiarities to Van Dijk, he is best partnered by Joe Gomez in the heart of the England defence.
The likes of John Stones, Tyrone Mings and Michael Keane have all been given opportunities to impress alongside Maguire – but Carragher insists it is Gomez who best compliments the United defender.
“I think Harry Maguire is the Virgil van Dijk of England if you like, he’s that big commanding figure and he’s the one who’s almost the first centre-back on the team sheet.
“There was a back three in there at the last tournament, there was John Stones who’s almost fallen away a little bit really. It looked like there was decent competition at centre-back, but for me it looks like Joe Gomez.
“Even though he’s had some injury problems, I think the first time he was fit Gareth Southgate put him straight back in, that shows what he thinks of him.
“I actually think that Liverpool connection on that right side, that could be something going forward for England really. That understanding you get at club level, it’s not easy at national level to have that understanding so the fact that Gomez and Trent could become the first choice probably for the next seven or eight years on that right side of the defence is really good for Gareth Southgate because of the understanding.
“And not just the understanding, the defensive record Liverpool have is outstanding, the clean sheets and goals against column is superb.
“We know they’re both really good players in terms of Trent going forward, and Joe has just been mentioned alongside Rio Ferdinand and automatically you think of how graceful he is and coming out with the ball. But actually you look at his defensive record in a Liverpool shirt and it’s really good and that’s very important at international level.”