Loris Karius has been in the news this week for all the wrong reasons and frankly, this could be the worst week of his fledgeling Liverpool career.
We all remember the Champions League final and there has been a lot said about Karius’ concussion. Sergio Ramos has had his say and even took a pop at Firmino while Hector Cuper came out and defended his prized possession, Salah.
But this piece isn’t about whether Karius was at fault due to the concussions or stuff related to that but this is about our goalkeeping position and what we haven’t done in years.
No big-money goalkeeper signings for years
While we spent £75million on Virgil van Dijk this season and have constantly splashed double-digit sums on outfield players, the same cannot be said about our goalkeepers. It makes for a poor reading if a list of all our goalkeeper signings are shared.
Adam Bogdan – Free
Loris Karius – £4.7m
Simon Mignolet – £9m
Doni – Free
Diego Cavalieri – Free
Peter Gulacsi – Fee unknown
Pepe Reina – £6m
Scott Carson – £750,000
Chris Kirkland – Fee unknown
Jerzy Dudek – £4.85m
Sander Westerveld – Fee unknown
Brad Friedel – Fee unknown
David James – Fee unknown
Simon Mignolet, the player who can’t get a game now, thanks to his blunders over the years, is our most expensive goalkeeper signing.
I am not criticising the player at all, after all, every footballer has peaks and troughs but unfortunately, Mignolet has not been able to develop after a stellar first season for us where we almost won the league. If we are to look at the entire list of keepers we bought from the 92/93 season, only Pepe Reina stands out during his time at the club.
Clubs sign big-name players for big fees to make a difference
Brad Friedel was a good keeper but his best years came for Blackburn Rovers. And the likes of Peter Gulacsi, Doni and Diego Cavalieri actually came well after they left Liverpool.
We have never spent big on a goalkeeper, something that really tears my hair out. Manchester United spent close to £17million on a frail David de Gea to pry him from Atletico Madrid when they needed some quality. He took a few years to become the best goalkeeper in the world but the wait has been worth it.
Big teams spend big when they need to plug in holes. Barcelona got a steal when they brought in Marc-Andre ter Stegen for €12million from Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich fought hard against Schalke to bring in Manuel Neuer for a fee of €30million.
Pep Guardiola smashed a record fee to bring in Ederson while we have been in the news for a quality keeper for years.
To become one of the best clubs in the world, we will have to spend big too. It doesn’t make great sense in having the best attack in the country if we cannot be sure of keeping clean sheets.
Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp seems to have a game plan for the Reds. He fought hard to bring in Virgil van Dijk and that is paying dividends.
Another signing that was ridiculed at the start was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the former Arsenal man did make a good impact for us until that knee injury ended his season.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were thought to be overpriced and no one knew what to do with Roberto Firmino until Klopp showed how brilliantly the three can play together.
Yes, there are stories of us finding hidden gems such as Andy Robertson or even Steve Finnan in recent years but we have to spend money now given that we have suffered because of our lack of investment in goalkeepers for many years now.
It doesn’t matter whether we sign Alisson, Jan Oblak or Thibaut Courtois but we have to bring in a top quality keeper and finally create a proper spine for the side.
Given that our midfield and defence are strong, it’s time to bring in a world-class goalkeeper. This should be something that can take us to the next level and hopefully with a quality keeper, we will win a few more points and finally win the Premier League title.
Salah and Mane out? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield Town
Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield in the Premier League
Liverpool take on a struggling Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday. While the Terriers are one of the three teams who are yet to win in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are tied level on points with league leaders, Manchester City.
The Reds are unbeaten in the league but the international break hasn’t been great. Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all picked up injuries and Jurgen Klopp might mix things up.
Liverpool drew against Manchester City last time around and it will be interesting to see how the Reds fare in this game.
Probable Liverpool XI
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
The Brazilian is our first-choice goalkeeper and will start the game against the Terriers on Saturday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
Alexander-Arnold was part of the England side during the recent international break and should be up for the clash against Huddersfield.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
Van Dijk is a sure starter for the Reds at the back. He has completely transformed our team’s dynamics and is crucial to our success.
Joe Gomez (CB)
Gomez was excellent for England against Spain and should look to carry that form for Liverpool on Saturday.
Andy Robertson (LB)
The Scottish captain is one of the best left-backs in the league and must start for the Reds.
James Milner (CM)
Milner picked up an injury prior to the international break but should be fit for this game.
Jordan Henderson (CM)
The captain should start the game for the Reds given that Naby Keita is out injured.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)
Wijnaldum scored a great goal against Germany recently and has been excellent for Liverpool so far.
Xherdan Shaqiri (RW)
Salah’s minor problem could give Shaqiri a chance to shine. The Swiss star hasn’t started many games for us, but this is the perfect tie to play him.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
The Brazilian isn’t getting as many goals as he would have liked, but he is an important player for the team and should start on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge (LW)
With Mane a doubt, Klopp can opt to play Daniel Sturridge on the left wing.
Reputed journalist claims Liverpool attacker will leave in January – £20m price tag set
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that Divock Origi could leave Anfield in the winter window. The Belgian was linked with a move away in the summer but remained at the club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a move for the Belgian striker. The club were willing to spend £22million plus add-ons in the summer but Origi wasn’t willing to move to Molineux, as per the report.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 18, 2018
The report adds that Everton are also interested in the 23-year-old but they have not made any official contact with Liverpool.
Borussia Dortmund were also interested in the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo) but wanted to sign him on a loan in the summer.
Origi is not getting a lot of game time this season as Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are being preferred by Jurgen Klopp.
The Belgian needs to move out and truth be told, he hasn’t been the same since a horrible tackle by Ramiro Funes Mori in a Merseyside derby in Klopp’s first season in charge.
Origi could fetch us some decent money and hopefully, he gets the right move away from the club to reignite his career elsewhere.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
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