Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is currently eyeing up a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, who is set to leave Anfield and move to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
The five-time European champions have been linked with a move for Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, on-loan Barcelona man Alex Song and Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Arda Turan.
However, former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Rodgers doesn’t need to look any further than their Merseyside rivals, Everton, admitting that he would love to poach McCarthy from Goodison Park.
“I love McCarthy, I think he’s a brilliant player,” Carragher is quoted as saying by Irish Examiner.
“If there was one player I could take from Everton to Liverpool, it would be James McCarthy. I think he’s just got to add goals. Jordan Henderson was maybe at that stage a year ago, where you really like what you see but there could be a few more goals or assists to take him up another level.
“Even though James McCarthy plays a more defensive role, he’s shown he can get forward. He’s a complete midfield player — he works hard, he can tackle, he can pass. I think eventually he’ll be the captain there.”
McCarthy has scored one goal in 19 Premier League appearances this season, as well as playing in eight of their Europa League fixtures in the current campaign.
The Irish midfielder moved to Everton from Wigan Athletic in a £13m deal on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2013.
MORE: Man United latest news
MORE: Arsenal latest news
MORE: Chelsea latest news
MORE: Liverpool latest news