Liverpool eye summer raid for 24-cap international to solve problem area - report
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are interested in signing Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, according to a report.
French outlet Telefoot claim that the Reds are interested in signing the 32-year-old shot stopper, who has 24 international caps for France.
The report details that the Merseyside club want him to challenge Simon Mignolet for the number one role next season.
Liverpool’s goalkeeping position has been a problem area for Jurgen Klopp this season and he has alternated between Loris Karius and Mignolet, before finally settling on the latter.
Klopp’s side have fallen short of a title race and several people believe they need a defensive shake-up in the summer transfer window.
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Mandanda completed a move to Palace last summer and has made just 10 appearances so far.
The goalkeeper has been sidelined since November with a knee injury and has been unable to really showcase his talents in England.
He made 439 appearances for former club Marseille before his summer switch and is experienced at European level.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool certainly do need to add a top-class goalkeeper to their ranks in the summer as Mignolet and Karius are not in the elite bracket. The Reds need a world-class shot stopper if they want to win league title and establish themselves as the top side in England. Mandanda is an experienced goalkeeper and is certainly proven, but is not the player Klopp should be turning to. Liverpool need to splash the cash on an exciting youngster, with AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma the sort of talent they should be attracting. Mandanda’s switch to Palace suggested his career was going downhill and it’s difficult to imagine him improving the existing options at Liverpool.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club’s scouts are keeping tabs on top European targets.