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David de Gea, Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris. The Premier League and the teams in it certainly have the ability to attract world-class keepers to their ranks. Even mediocre Premier League teams have at least one decent keeper (e.g. Jordan Pickford), and the likes of City and United even have backups that could easily get a game in other top-level clubs around the world. Liverpool on the other hand, can’t seem to find one.

A trip back through time shows a bit of a shower when it comes to reliable goalkeepers at Anfield, and it’s quite amazing that nobody has really bitten the bullet and spent big cash on a shot stopper. Although a decent keeper, Pepe Reina was probably the last decent keeper to have graced the Liverpool first team, and his colleague Jerzy Dudek, despite being a bit of a hero, was nothing to really write home about. Since then, Liverpool have fielded Brad Jones, Daniele Padelli, the incredible Diego Cavalieri, and now have a choice between new-ish arrival Loris Karius, and Belgian Simon Mignolet. The latter has been a very questionable first choice for nearly 6 years now, and is absolutely gaffe prone.

Despite having a promising start to his Premier League career at Sunderland, Mignolet has come undone at Liverpool, with many fans and pundits for poor positioning, terrible communication and all-round dreadful performances. Oh, and this started in 2014. In 2017, he was at one point the worst keeper in the league, and his record of 80 clean sheets from 245 Premier League appearances is miles behind the like of De Gea and co. With the fans absolutely screaming for someone that wasn’t the man dubbed ‘Dracula’ by legend Bruce Grobbelaar, it’s not surprise that Jurgen Klopp finally got around to buying a new keeper as part of Liverpool rebuilding plan.

Loris Karius joined Liverpool in time for 2016-17 season, coming from one of Klopp’s former sides, Mainz. The German was voted the second best keeper in the league, behind only Manuel Neuer in 2015-16, and arrived with plenty of promise. It only took until October 2016 for Karius to be named first choice keeper ahead of Mignolet.

The current season has been good for Karius too, and Liverpool especially. Although they won’t be winning the league, it looks as though they are guaranteed European football next year at Anfield, and things could get even better. Liverpool have a huge semi-final awaiting them, although they aren’t , they are still very much in the hunt for the trophy. Despite Liverpool’s back line still being the weak link, defensive performances have improved massively this year, and Karius’ record of 10 clean sheets from 24 appearances is not to be sniffed at.

Mignolet is still getting plenty of game time however, and Karius hasn’t really done enough to be classed as a viable long term option, so this is where Liverpool need to make a huge change. With the Belgian at backup, and the only other realistic option being the unproven Adam Bogdan, it’s definitely time to invest in a top-notch keeper.

Jan Oblak is one option, and was already targeted by Klopp in the January transfer window. The Atletico Madrid man and Slovenian International has recently to stay in Spain, but paying extra to get a decent shot stopper could be an option in the summer. Going for a raid on a fellow Premier League club would be equally as expensive, but it’s unlikely that Liverpool would pay the £100 million plus price tags attached to the likes of Courtois or Lloris. Klopp will probably have to turn his attention to other European top flight teams. Decent shouts for a replacement for Karius at number 1 include Bilbao’s Kepa, current , Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic and PSG’s Kevin Trapp. All could make an impact, and would certainly be more cost effective than buying out huge contracts at rival clubs.

The key factor in Liverpool’s hunt for a goalkeeper is someone with a voice. With big investments in defence with the arrival of £75 million Virgil van Dyke, Liverpool need a goalkeeper who can boss his defence around and manage from the back. Again, this is a part that is definitely missing from the current setup, and just another element that new keeper could bring. So please, Jurgen, drop some cash on a goalkeeper and end the misery of having to watch Simon Mignolet standing around like a tin of milk week in, week out.

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Calm down about Salah and Mane, they have to be selfish and were last season too: Food for thought

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Liverpool were exceptional in the 2-1 win over Tottenham but we should have battered them by five or six goals at least.

One of the major talking points from the game, however, was the lack of understanding between Liverpool’s forwards as fans blamed Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for not passing the ball enough.

Liverpool were almost made to pay with Mane nearly conceding a penalty and throwing away our hard work.

I have seen fans go at each other, blaming the two, but truth be told, we need them to be selfish in front of the goal.

The best strikers take the shots

Continuously passing the ball around for another to finish will make us the old Arsenal. Strikers have to be lethal and that was what our players were last season.

Salah and Mane were selfish last season as well, the only difference was that things were going right for the pair.

The Egyptian broke the Premier League’s scoring record and some of his goals were incredible.

The ones against Everton and Tottenham at home stands out. But if the former Roma man kept the ball a little too long and didn’t find the target, a number of us would have cribbed about the chance going begging.

Similarly, Mane also had a few instances where he either kept the ball a little too long or had a pop at the goal. The game against Manchester City in the Champions League is a prime example of the Senegal man keeping the ball to himself and having a blast at the target.

Jurgen Klopp looked a little bemused as to why some of the players didn’t pick the right decision at Wembley but we did come out with all three points.

Had one or two chances gone in, no one would have complained and we would have instead been talking about something else.

Salah, Firmino and Mane are an incredible trio and even if they are not firing on all cylinders, it must be noted the trio has scored eight times in just five games this season.

They might not have the same scoring prowess as last season but we are perfect in five games and if we can get the goals to flow in, there won’t be any complaints.

The manager has worked wonders for the side since taking over in 2015 and his biggest challenge was making our defence tight.

We have only conceded two goals from five games this season, which is a far cry from the leaky back line we had. Thus, I am sure Klopp will have a stern word with Mane and Salah before our next game against Paris Saint-Germain.

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In the Champions League last season, the trio looked their menacing best and what better way to showcase team spirit than by battering the French side and spreading the ball around for everyone to score.

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“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three” – Premier League goalie makes startling claim about teammates

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Asmir Begovic

Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic has claimed that their front three are as good as ours after the Cherries defeated Leicester City 4-2.

Josh King, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have scored eight goals between them this season, the same amount as Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The former Chelsea keeper believes the trio are the best in the Premier League and was quoted by Liverpool Echo saying:

“Our front three are as good as anyone in the league.

“We are a very attacking team, we want to attack and score goals.

“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three when they are on form. The way we play suits them. They have a great understanding and long may it continue.”

Liverpool Echo compared last season’s performances between the trios and in that respect, we certainly outscored Bournemouth easily.

Liverpool’s front three notched up 91 goals in all competitions while Bournemouth’s trio managed just 24 goals the last term.

The Cherries have made a flying start to the campaign and have 10 points from five games. Eddie Howe’s team sit fifth in the league standings but Begovic needs to have a look at the stats from last season too.

Read more: Liverpool star shares positive update after horrific injury during Tottenham game

Salah, Firmino and Mane have been fantastic for the club and could set more records this season. Not downplaying the Bournemouth trio’s achievements but if we were to select a front three for a must-win game, it would be the Liverpool players any day.

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“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily” – Liverpool star speaks out about Neymar ahead of Champions League clash

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Andrew Robertson

Liverpool face Paris Saint-Germain in the first game of their Champions League group and Andy Robertson is aware of the threat posed by Brazilian star Neymar.

The former Barcelona man is one of the best footballers on the planet but he is also known for his theatrics on the pitch.

Speaking before the game, our left-back wasn’t going to get involved in a debate about diving. The Scot, however, was quoted by the Daily Star saying:

“His skills speak for themselves.

“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily, but that’s not up to us.

“It’s up to the referee to decide. We’ll stay away from that.

“For us, we’ve got to concentrate on the qualities.”

Robertson further claimed that both sides have quality players and added that we have to be wary of PSG’s other stars.

Andrew Robertson

Well, the Scot has not said anything wrong about Neymar and his abilities. That said, we don’t need to worry about his performance and concentrate on ours instead.

Liverpool were magnificent in the Champions League last season but we have a tough group this time.

Napoli will also be tough opponents but we need to start the campaign in the best way possible – hopefully, with a win.

Read more: Liverpool need to deal with selfishness from two stars this season

Anfield will be charged up to face the French side visiting us on Tuesday and Robertson must be at his best to silence Kylian Mbappe and Neymar on the pitch.

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