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 calling him out 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 favourites for the Champions League, 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 signed a new deal 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 Brazilian first choice Alisson, 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.
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.
The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.
Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.
Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.
Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.
Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.
In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.
The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.
The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.
The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
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