COMMENT By Will Butcher
A priority for Liverpool in the summer transfer window must be to bring a new goalkeeper to Anfield amid concerns over the performances of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.
Current number one, Mignolet, has kept just one clean sheet in 2017, while summer signing Loris Karius is yet to prove himself after high-profile mistakes earlier this season.
The Mirror claim the Reds are monitoring 29-year-old goalkeeper Joe Hart’s situation, as he remains on loan with Serie A outfit Torino from Man City.
But with the England number one yet to decide on his future, here are three European goalkeepers that manager Jurgen Klopp should target if a move for Hart doesn’t happen.
At just 23 years of age, the four-time Germany Under-21 international has become renowned as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming goalkeepers with Bundesliga outfit Koln. Known for his exceptional ability in one-on-one situations, Horn has conceded just 12 goals in 11 games this season, keeping three clean sheets despite being sidelined with meniscus damage for much of the 2016-17 campaign. Horn is yet to move to a big club despite being regarded in the same bracket as the likes of Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. With his current deal set to expire in 2019, Koln could cash in to avoid losing Horn in a cut-price deal in the future.
Again, the three-time France international is yet to move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs despite shining for Les Verts in recent seasons. The 30-year-old, who is known for his bravery between the sticks, is a brilliant communicator and could prove crucial in the organisation of Liverpool’s shaky defence. The Merseyside giants have conceded more times than the rest of the Premier League’s top seven sides, with Chelsea conceding 15 less goals throughout the season. His outspoken nature could get the best out of the Liverpool defenders, with both Mignolet and Karius seeming too cautious to fully organise their defence.
Now almost back to full fitness after a long-term ankle injury, the 24-year-old Stoke City stopper would bolster the Reds’ homegrown English quota and has his best years ahead of him. With proven top-flight quality in England and possessing the ability to push Hart in his position as England number one, Butland would be a top signing if Klopp could tempt the Potters into selling. However, with his stock already very high, Liverpool may have to part with a large sum of money to bring the England international to Anfield.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a double move for these Serie A ace stars is being eyed by the Reds.