Like every year Liverpool will need some serious reinforcements this summer.
Fans will argue what positions Liverpool need to strengthen, but some are plain as day.
The one area, again this summer that Jürgen Klopp needs to strengthen and get right is in goal. Last summer, Klopp brought in young German goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Acquiring Karius last summer was Klopps trump card. The young German goalkeeper came to Liverpool with a high reputation, finishing second to Manuel Neurer in the best goalkeeper award in the Bundesliga, Karius was going to be the goalkeeper to fill the boots left in the Liverpool goal by Pepe Reina.
As it turned out Karius, turned out to be more of a Simon Mignolet than a Pepe Reina.
Karius has played just the 10 games for Liverpool this season, has made 14 saves and has 3 clean sheets. On average he concedes 1.20 goals per game, averages 1.40 saves per game and makes 1.17 saves per goal conceded.
So far it seems that Karius hasn’t worked out at Liverpool, and with Mignolet looking like he’s playing his last games as a Liverpool player, I’m going to look at 4 goalkeepers who potentially could come in to Liverpool this summer.
Up first for me and hopefully the player that comes in Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan. Adan at 29, is an experienced goalkeeper. Having played with Real Madrid for the majority of his senior career, Adan made only 7 first teams appearances between 2010/2013. He eventually left Madrid for Serie A and Cagliari.
He left the Italian minnows after playing 2 games and returned to La Liga. This season, Adan has made 21 appearances for Betis making 73 saves, has 7 clean sheets, he makes on average 3.48 saves per game, concedes on average 1.48 goals per game and makes 2.35 saves per goal.
For me he is the ideal replacement for Mignolet. Older, more experienced will be able to bring Karius on in terms of competition and quality.
Next up is Joe Hart. This rumour starting doing the rounds last summer, but there was little or heed paid to it because of the purchase of Karius. During the January window the rumour went in to over drive.
The poor performances of both Karius and Mignolet, made Hart the obvious choice to stop the rot in Liverpool’s goal. He’s England’s first choice goalkeeper, has won the Premier League, why wouldn’t Klopp want him.
At 29, Hart is done for me. Not deemed good enough for either Manuel Pelligrino of Pep Guardiola, Hart has one big move left in him and I’m hoping it’s not to Liverpool.
With Jack Butland struggling with an injury nightmare that might just end his career, I have a feeling Stoke will be Hart’s next destination.
On loan at Torino in Serie A, the England goalkeeper this season has played 22 games in Serie A keeping 5 clean sheets. He has made 62 saves, makes on average 2.82 saves per game, makes 2.00 saves per goal and concedes on average 1.45 goals per game.
Another keeper that is linked with Liverpool is Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Another goalkeeper who has won a Premier League title but like Hart, Kasper is a bit overrated.
Last season, as a neutral was fantastic for the Premier League, with Leicester breaking up the domination of the London/Manchester when it comes to winning the Premier League and Schmeichel was a big part of the reason why.
Like Hart, Schmeichel has one big move left in him and I don’t think it’s to a top 6 Premier League club. Those linking him with a move to Liverpool, is just laziness.
With his father being an ex Manchester United legend, a move to their bitter rivals is slim.
Schmeichel this season for Leicester has played 17 tiles for Leicester, making 56 saves and has 4 clean sheets. On average he makes 3.44 saves per game, concedes 1.56 goals on average per game and makes 2.07 saves per goal.
At 30, he’s no spring chicken. If he stays at Leicester, he’ll finish his career out in comfort but if he wants to continue to play in the top league, he may be forced to say good bye to Leicester.
I personally think a move to West Ham United would be better suited to Schmeichel than a move to Liverpool.
Finally, Danny Ward, he is one of the most liked goalkeepers on Liverpool’s books. Last season when he came back to the club as understudy to Simon Mignolet, Aberdeen’s season fell apart. He was credited for single handily for keeping them second in the SPL.
This season, under the guidance of David Wagner, Ward is again proving why he is so highly thought of at Liverpool. In the 28 games he has played, Ward has made 44 saves, has 6 clean sheets. He makes on average 1.68 saves per game, concedes on average 1.14 goals per game and makes on average 1.47 saves per goal.
Personally if Huddersfield get promoted I would like to see Ward go back to them on loan, then come back and stake his claim for the number 1 spot at Liverpool.
Sitting in the bench playing number 2 is a waste of Ward’s quality. He will excel at whatever club he goes to and with Klopp stating already this season, that he sees Karius as his number one goalkeeper, then a season away for Ward could be just what the doctor ordered, especially if he can continue to learn under Wagner.
Written by @TheMoanyOne