Liverpool fans should probably give up on wanting Jurgen Klopp to sign James Maddison after Leicester City legend Steve Walsh claimed that the attacking midfielder is happy where he is in the East Midlands.
Maddison, 22, has been in fine form for the Foxes in the early stages of this season, scoring one goal and supplying two assists in five appearances across all competitions while also being called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
After watching Maddison pull the strings in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea last month, a lot of Liverpool fans took to Twitter to urge their club to sign him as they felt as though he could add some extra creativity and flair to their midfield.
One excited fan even suggested that offering club captain Jordan Henderson plus cash would be an acceptable way to sign Maddison, based on how well he performed at Chelsea.
Now, the former Norwich and Coventry ace could earn his first international cap for the Three Lions on Saturday when they take on Bulgaria at Wembley.
But ex-Leicester star Walsh reckons that there’s no way Maddison is leaving the King Power any time soon.
“He’s happy where he is, that’s number one,” Walsh told the Express.
“And I think he’s grateful that Leicester gave him a chance in the Premier League because he was playing for Norwich and, OK, doing very well, but it’s a big step up.
“We spent some good money (£20million) on him and are now developing him into a top-class player. I think he understands the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and I’m sure he’s a loyal kind of guy, he seems it.”
Liverpool should be trying to sign a player like Maddison but based on the fact that Klopp decided to not sign any new players for his senior squad in the summer suggests that he is already happy with the options he has.
While it is likely that he will add to the squad next summer, Maddison might be someone who is wanted elsewhere and sees himself getting more first-team opportunities in another top-six squad that doesn’t have such a consistent starting line-up, like the Reds have.
Walsh makes another good point in the fact that Maddison has already taken a massive step up from moving to Leicester from Norwich while they were a mid-table side in the Championship.
Maddison might not feel as though he is at the point to make another step up just yet.
He is Leicester’s main man, a big fish in a decent-sized pond.
However a move to a top-six club, like Liverpool, would represent a risk and maybe hinder his chances of getting into the Euro 2020 squad next summer, should England do what they are expected and qualify for the tournament.
Maybe after the European Championships would be a good time to go after Maddison, especially if he continues to impress in the Premier League, help Leicester finish in a strong seventh or eighth position and regularly get called up by England.
But for now, based on a Leicester legend’s assessment of his future, it might be best for some supporters to curb their ambition.