It has been well documented over the past few months that Jurgen Klopp isn’t happy with his choice of goalkeepers – exactly what his private thoughts are exactly that – private. By purchasing a new goalkeeper in the form of Loris Karius recently you can safely say that he is one for the future. However many Liverpool fans are less than impressed with the German’s performances this year and are more comfortable with backup keeper Simon Mignolet.
Let’s not forget that he is exactly the age of Danny Ward who many also assume he’s one for the future. Ward is currently on another loan spell, this time at Huddersfield having enjoyed a successful loan at Aberdeen for most of last season. Karius being removed from the lime light is Klopp’s way of protecting him, however the media has been more critical of Karius than that of Ward. Why is this? I assume we were all hoping for a ready made replacement for Mignolet.
Liverpool are the Premier League’s top scorers this year, however their uncertainty in their defensive third has cost them a number of points this season – if we are going to be serious about the challenge than resolving these issues has to be a top priority.
Liverpool were last week linked with Joe Hart, we were linked with a surprise move for him. However it’s likely this won’t happen until the summer once his current loan with Torino finishes.
Pep Guardiola very quickly deemed Hart surplus to requirements when he bought Barcelona reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for £17m. Deciding Caballero would be Bravo’s back up was the final nail in the coffin and prompted a move to Torino.
Hart has had a great start to his loan deal in Italy, however Torino are keen to keep him on a permanent basis.
Torino won’t be the only Italian club interested in him though. I would have thought a move back to the north-west would be a logical one. I’m sure he wants to prove Guardiola wrong and show he is capable of great things in the Premier League.
Yesterday it was in the newspapers that Jurgen Klopp is looking to Diego Lopez, who is said to top the list of potential ‘keepers Klopp looks to bring in.
The former Real Madrid stopper’s situation means that Liverpool will have to agree a deal with both Espanyol and AC Milan to stand a chance of the landing him before the end of his loan deal.
Having kept seven clean sheets in his 14 appearances this year, many Liverpool fans will be hoping the club try their best to bring the once-capped Spanish international in. Whether Lopez will come in and solve the problems remains to be seen. Complications in the deal could see Liverpool fans having to make do with what they’ve got.
Ranieri: “forget about it..”
Yesterday Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri advising Liverpool to forget about signing goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the January transfer window.
Liverpool’s defensive performances have prompted speculation of a new keeper arriving soon. So Ranieri has ruled out any prospect of Schmeichel heading to Anfield.
Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports news; “Kasper has a signature on the contract, we won’t sell Kasper under any circumstances. We don’t need money. No chance. I’m sorry for Liverpool. They can win the title without Kasper.”
Schmeichel only agreed a new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium in the summer. He was part of Leicester’s heroic title effort last term, producing some wonderful goalkeeping during the season and consistently one of the side’s most dependable performers.
Will we see a new goalkeeper
It hardly takes a giant leap of faith to assume that Liverpool could be now looking for another goalkeeper. However unlike Ward and Karius, one for very much now. It’ll be fascinating to see whether Liverpool manage to sign a suitable replacement during the winter transfer window. Convincing a top club to allow us to sign their no.1 keeper will take some good negotiations from Edwards and charm from Klopp. I just can’t help feeling we will make do with what we have and build upon that in the summer.
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