Suddenly the unexpected has happened at the blue half of Manchester, Manchester City. Soon after their new manager Pep Guardiola took the charge of the Etihad outfit, rumours began to circulate about the possible exit of their number one goalkeeper Joe Hart. Hart, who joined the Citizens back in 2006, right at this very moment, is fringe personnel for the manager, and the arrival of Claudio Bravo at the Etihad has now confirmed his exit.
The former Barcelona manager clearly stated that Joe isn’t the keeper he considered as an ideal one. Well, many believe that the problems arose during the Euro 2016 when the Englishman failed to reach his standards and this was when he lost his place in Guardiola’s mind. The 29-year-old was dropped by the manager for the first three games of the season, but was made captain in the Champions League group stage game and that was surely his farewell game for the Citizens.
Both, the manager and the player had no hard feelings and the manager went on to say:
“I know he is a legend for this club,” the Spaniard said. “I know part of what the club has become – one of the reasons is Joe.
“But I am here to take decisions. I make a lot of mistakes – my decisions in my career as a coach are sometimes good, sometimes bad, but I take decisions.
“I try to be honest with myself. I can’t deny what I feel. I was honest with Joe, I was honest with the club and all the players in the squad. The people must follow me. Right now Joe is a player for Manchester City and when I believe he has to play he will play.”
With this being said, many rumours have linked the player with different Premier League clubs, and according to the reports from the ESPN, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to provide the Englishman an escape route from the Etihad stadium, but for that, Hart will have to take a “huge pay cut” on his £150,000 weekly wage.
But is Joe Hart the answer for Liverpool?
Well, we think he will be a good addition for the Reds. The utmost reason behind this is his experience of the Premier League. The 29-year-old has been playing in the Premier League since 2007, and could easily fit in the plans of the manager at the Anfield. Yes. They already have the Karius, Manninger, and Mignolet, but practically speaking; Hart will be an upgrade for all of them.
Simon Mignolet is eventually becoming a fringe player for the Anfield spectators and is only getting a first-team opportunity because Karius is out injured. Bringing Hart into the team will surely end the side’s defensive woes as we all are aware of the fact that Hart is a top class goalkeeper.
There might occur a dispute regarding the first team spot once Karius arrives on the field, but initially, the Englishman could really help the team, much better than Mignolet. The 29-year-old is a calm and composed figure, who loves to guide the defence at times, and this is something Liverpool have missed since the departure of Reina.
This is no secret that a perfect relationship is required between a goalkeeper and the defenders in order to stay discipline through the game, and Hart could well be that missing link for Klopp. Defending set piece is what Liverpool have been criticised from the past couple of season, and this where Hart fits the bill.
The 29-year-old is known for keeping his head cool during the one-on-one situation and most importantly, his distribution of the ball is something Liverpool could really benefit to launch a counter. Unlike Mignolet, Hart is a confident personnel and is also a kind of player, who could relieve the pressure from his teammates. All in all, Hart could really be the answer for Liverpool’s defensive woes and we personally believe that he could leader their defence from the back.