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Liverpool could have signed Everton midfielder

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Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool had the opportunity to sign James McCarthy when the Everton midfielder was a teenager and the Kop icon regrets the club did not pursue a deal.

McCarthy signed for Everton from Wigan during the summer transfer window, following Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park, with the Spaniard paying around £12 million to link-up with his former charge.

The 23-year-old could, however, have followed a different path to Merseyside had he joined Liverpool when the Anfield club were presented with the chance to sign him during his teens.

Liverpool, however, did not clinch a deal for the Republic of Ireland international who moved to the Premier League from Hamilton Academical when he joined Wigan in the summer of 2009.

"He actually came to Liverpool as a 16-year-old on trial, we almost signed him," Carragher said of McCarthy on Monday Night Football.

"I wish we had him.

"He hasn’t got a goal yet and that’s something that he lacks in his game but he looks to me like an all-round midfield player.

"He looks aggressive and he can player but he needs to add goals to his game.

"Martinez said he would have paid double for him, he paid about £12m, so that shows how highly Martinez rates him."

McCarthy played the full 90 minutes for Everton on Monday evening as the Toffees were held to a 1-1 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns as Pepe Mel took charge for the first time.

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