Date: 27th May 2018 at 1:20pm
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Joey Barton has urged Liverpool to sign goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the wake of Loris Karius’ errors in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

Karius was guilty of costing his side in the 3-1 loss and has been subject to some harsh criticism since.

Barton has suggested that the Reds must go out to sign available shot-stopper Buffon, who is available on a free transfer this summer following his departure at Juventus.

The Sun previously reported that the Merseyside club were interesting in landing the 40-year-old, who is a 6ft 3in (source: Transfermrkt) colossus in-between the sticks.

However, the Guardian has since reported that Paris Saint-Germain are in advanced talks to secure his signature.

“If you’re Liverpool, you go and get on the blower to Gigi Buffon right now,” Barton wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Football Insider verdict:

Liverpool’s goalkeeping position is going to be under scrutiny all summer after Karius’ blunders in the European cup final and it may be a surprise to see him as the number one going into next year, while his understudy Simon Mignolet is also in the spotlight. The Reds could be a real force if they have a decent goalkeeper in their starting XI moving forward and have already been linked with several high-profile names to make the switch to Anfield. Buffon is a true footballing great that has all the experience in the world, but he is hardly a long-term solution for Liverpool. The Italian kept 18 clean sheets in 34 appearances across all competitions for Juventus this season and still the ability that would see him massively improve Jurgen Klopp’s options. However, Liverpool should try to find a younger goalkeeper that can compete alongside Karius and Roma’s Alisson is definitely a candidate that must be on their radar.

In other Liverpool news, Jeremy Clarkson has taken a swipe at the Reds after the Champions League defeat.

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