Jamie Carragher: Shane Duffy has the talent to step up
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Ireland centre-half Shane Duffy can go on to bigger and better things after impressing for Brighton and Hove Albion in recent seasons.
The Derry man has impressed Carragher with his towering performances in the Seagulls defence and reckons the former Everton and Blackburn Rovers man could take a step up to a top-half club if the opportunity presented itself.
There has been speculation that Duffy and his central-defensive partner Lewis Dunk could be on Leicester City's radar if they lose Harry Maguire to Manchester United and Carragher reckons he would be a smart buy.
"I love him, and I always get them mixed up, Dunk and Duffy, I think it's just the same person, the same thing, the way they defend, throw their bodies on the line," said the pundit at the launch of 'Sports Extra' on Sky.
"I think there's talk of Dunk going to Leicester, but it's a massive problem when you're defending set-pieces against Brighton, that's the big thing that you have to deal with.
"They conceded a few more goals last season, but I love watching them play. They're almost like a throwback, aren't they? "I think he'll go higher, no doubt about that. Will he join the top four or the top six? Maybe not just yet."
With the new Premier League season on the horizon, Carragher believes that his beloved Liverpool will struggle to match the points tally that took them agonisingly close to a first league title since 1991 last season, even if they improve their performances.
"I find it very difficult to think that Liverpool will get 97 points again," he said. "Not because that means they've gone backwards, it's just unbelievable to get that amount of points and that is the problem with Man City being in this league, they are absolutely relentless and a special team."