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.
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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