By Will Butcher
Stoke’s Charlie Adam has claimed that he was surprised Liverpool did not enter the market for Joe Hart during the summer.
Hart was made available by Premier League title rivals Manchester City towards the end of this summer’s transfer market and joined Serie A outfit Torino on loan.
Instead of moving for the 29-year-old, Jurgen Klopp stuck with Simon Mignolet and summer signing Loris Karius as his goalkeepers for the coming season.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, former Liverpool star Adam claimed that the Merseyside giants have not had an outstanding No1 since former fan favourite Pepe Reina.
“I don’t think they’ve had a top goalkeeper since Reina,” Adam claimed. “I don’t feel comfortable with Lorus Karius, he’s still very young but he doesn’t impress me. I thought they would have broke the bank to get Joe Hart to Anfield in the summer.”
Hart was surprisingly replaced by Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the summer, and was forced to take action after losing his first-team slot under manager Pep Guardiola.
Despite rumours suggesting he would stay in England with Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland all reportedly interested, Hart moved to Italy.
The move to Torino seems to have worked, as he has helped his new side move to a lofty seventh position in Serie A.
At Anfield, former Mainz stopper Karius has affirmed his position as Liverpool’s number one after being chosen over Mignolet for the last six Premier League matches.
Doubts continue to circulate over the performances of both Karius and Mignolet, after they have only kept two Premier League clean sheets all season.
In other Liverpool news, Karius has sent this Instagram message to fans after the 6-1 win against Watford.