A former Anfield favourite is able to see the English midfielder playing for the Reds from the future but does not think he is”done enough” to make a move yet.
Steve McManaman has addressed rumours linking Todd Cantwell with a switch to Liverpool, insisting the Norwich starlet isn’t quite ready to perform at this high level.
Cantwell climbed through the youth ranks at Carrow Road before graduating to the senior squad in 2017 and has since racked up 55 looks across all competitions for the club.
The 21-year-old played an essential role throughout the Canaries’ run to Championship glory last season and has been able to move that form to the Premier League.
The English playmaker has scored six goals in 26 top-flight matches for Norwich, making tons of praise from fans and experts in the procedure.
Cantwell has played for his country at Under-21 degree, and it’s been suggested he could make a spot at Gareth Southgate’s setup if he continues on his current trajectory.
The Norwich talisman is allegedly the subject of attention from several top clubs before the summer transfer window, such as Liverpool, who were tipped to establish a 30 million ($39m) bid for his services.
McManaman, however, believes it is much too early for Cantwell to complete such a high profile move, given the fact he’s just 1 season of the Premier League experience under his belt.
“Ultimately possibly, but I do not think he has done enough yet to justify playing at that level,” the former Liverpool ace wrote of Cantwell in his most recent column for HorseRacing.net.
“I get the fact he wants to play at a higher level. I get the fact he thinks he is playing well in a fighting Norwich team. That is completely understandable.
“It would surprise me if Liverpool were quite interested in him, considering the younger children Liverpool have in and around the group at the Under-23 level.
“Again, we’ll wait and see. I can only take on face value what I have seen of Todd Cantwell and he has done well in a variety of games.
“Norwich has a lot of really good young players and have done for quite a few years so you need to trust what they are doing down at Carrow Road.”
Cantwell played the whole 90 minutes of Norwich’s clash with Liverpool at Carrow Road last weekend, that Daniel Farke’s side were unlucky to lose 1-0.
The outcome saw the Canaries remain seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the league, with a difficult trip to Molineux to confront Wolves up next on Sunday.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are due back in action at home to West Ham on Monday, where they’ll be looking to bounce back from a midweek Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.