Wigan Athletic star James McCarthy should already be playing in Liverpool Red.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish wants to bring McCarthy to Anfield in the summer - at the second time of asking.

The People says Dalglish, poised to get the Liverpool job full-time, has decided to home in on McCarthy who was set to sign for former boss Rafa Benitez as a kid but opted to stay with Hamilton Accies.

McCarthy has already been to Liverpool's HQ and played in a training game - when he was just 16 - and Benitez was keen to take him only for the top prospect to decide that first-team football with Hamilton was better.

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