Real Madrid have been linked with plenty of players in recent days, especially Liverpool stars, but going to the Spanish capital wouldn’t be smart for any of these players, according to Steve McManaman.
The former midfielder played for both Liverpool and Madrid during his career, enjoying a lot of success with Los Blancos, very different from what he lived with Liverpool, where he won just one FA Cup and a League Cup in nine years as a player.
He joined Madrid in 1999 with a free transfer, starring for three and a half seasons and was part of two successful Champions League campaigns in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
Now, the former England international sees how things have changed for both Euro giants, as Liverpool are arguably the best club in the continent, while Madrid are a struggling side since Cristiano Ronaldo left in the summer of 2018.
McManaman believes that Liverpool's best players don’t need to join a different league to advance their careers, as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, for instance, have done before this recent run of glory led by Jurgen Klopp.
"Is the Premier League ahead of La Liga? Yes, right now it is," the 47-year-old told DAZN, as quoted by Goal.
"Because when you are playing well in England, for example, there are clubs in Spain that want those players. But now we are lucky because the best clubs are in England.
"So you don't need to play in Real Madrid, for example, because the best teams are Liverpool and Manchester City. Liverpool fans are very happy with the [Mane-Firmino-Salah] trident.
"Right now Liverpool are stronger than Barca, Madrid or Juventus, but you need a bit of luck when you play in the Champions League. In February and March, the Spanish teams will also be stronger and better. But speaking right now, Liverpool and Manchester City are Europe's best clubs."
It’s hard to say to disagree with the man, as Liverpool are one of the strongest sides in Europe and that doesn’t seem to change shortly as long as they keep their stars together. Of course, going to play for a club like Madrid or Barcelona is always good, but right now those options don’t look as tempting as they used to.