Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper David James has claimed that Marcus Rashford ‘could be a valuable asset’ if he was to join Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Manchester United star has been out of form this season and has got just five goals and two assists to his name this term, but James believes the 24-year-old could thrive under the German boss at Anfield and suggested it’s a move that ‘could happen’.
“There is so much history,” James told GGRecon (via Football365).
Paul Ince, who played for both, went to Liverpool via Inter Milan from Manchester United. Marcus Rashford, age-wise, he’s young enough now that if he had to move somewhere else before going to Liverpool, in some kind of long-term plan, then it could happen.
“However, because of the age he is now, now would be the time to get him. Marcus Rashford is a tremendously underused resource with Manchester United. I don’t train with him so I only see what I see on the pitch, but he’s a player I would play down the middle rather than playing out wide.”
James added: “I just think he’s got all the attributes to be a false-nine, through-the-middle player, rather than being stuck out wide. Therefore, again, when you look at the likes of Liverpool’s fluidity, he could actually play wide, and in the middle, and essentially do anything he wants to do if he was playing in that Liverpool side.
“I don’t think he’s afforded that with Manchester United with their reliance on the likes of [Cristiano] Ronaldo going down the middle. In a theoretical world, if you took the rivalry out of the equation, I would snap him up straight away. I think he could be a valuable asset to Liverpool.”
It’s clear that Rashford does have talent, but it may be the environment and the players he’s playing alongside at the moment resulting in him not reaching his full potential.
We all know that Klopp has a proven track record of improving players and getting the best out of them, but we already have numerous quality options in the attacking department.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Rashford decides to leave Old Trafford in the summer but we certainly can’t see Anfield being his next destination.