By Alan Hutton

5th Jul, 2021 | 12:00pm

Hutton claims McGinn can be a Liverpool 'phenomenon' after transfer latest

Alan Hutton insists John McGinn would not be phased by the pressure of joining Liverpool if he left Aston Villa.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest reports on McGinn’s future.

On Thursday (1st July) Liverpool Echo claimed Jurgen Klopp is a “huge admirer” of McGinn.

The Athletic also reported on 23rd June that Villa will only entertain a potential deal for McGinn if the bidding starts at between £45-50million.

McGinn, 26, scored three goals and picked up six assists in 37 Premier League outings.

Hutton has been blown away with McGinn’s progression and claimed he could replace Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“It’s absolutely brilliant,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“First and foremost, what a guy. On and off the pitch he has that leader mentality.

“On the pitch he gives 110% every single day. Just look at his run from St Mirren to Hibs then to Villa.

“To make his mark in the way he has is phenomenal. It doesn’t surprise me that teams like Liverpool are watching him.

“Wijnaldum has moved on and he can fill that role, Villa fans are going to hate me but he would fit into that team.

“He high energy and can score goals. He gets around the pitch and he’s mentally tough.

“Walking into a Liverpool team of that size would not phase him one bit.

“I want him to stay at Villa. But it doesn’t surprise me that people like Klopp are looking at him.”

In other news, pundit predicts record-breaking Aston Villa player deal after Athletic news.