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NINE goalkeeping options for the summer

After Loris Karius’ frankly shocking performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Liverpool NEED to invest this summer. Particularly in a new goalkeeper, and that’s exactly what Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) is looking at. Nine goalkeeping options for Liverpool this summer.

Alisson Becker

Here’s the one everyone wants. AS Roma’s number one; Alisson Becker. Even in conceding seven to the magnificence that is Liverpool’s attack, Liverpool fans still saw through the cracks in the Roma defence. Alisson was the one redeeming thing about the Roma back five/six.

Alisson also keeps Ederson out of the picture in the Brazilian National Team and that is saying something as Ederson has made the Premier League his own this season.

Alisson in action for Brazil at Anfield.

At 25, Alisson would come in to be the number one keeper for the foreseeable. Despite only coming in to the Roma side over the last 12 months, he is still regarded as one of the best in Europe.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

There are numerous reports in Italy that after AC Milan’s recent financial troubles that they are set to offload a big part of their squad and have their asking price for wonderkid-goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

At the tender age of only 19, the move for the long-term Buffon replacement in the Italian squad could see two teenagers start in Liverpool’s back five next season but if they’ve got it, why not flaunt it?

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A fee of around £35m will be demanded by Milan according to various sources and surely that’s too good to pass up on one of the best young talents the world has to offer?

Sacking John Achterburg

There’s been one constant since Liverpool last had a solid goalkeeper, and that has been dutch-goalkeeping coach John Achterburg.

The former Tranmere Rovers keeper has been the Reds’ goalkeeping coach for the best part of a decade and has lasted through several manager’s reigns at Liverpool.

However, he seems to be the only thing that the decline in Liverpool’s goalkeeping ability that all of our recent goalkeepers have in common.

This is Achterburg in action in the League Cup semi-final for Tranmere in 2000. Achterburg sat on the bench as Tranmere lost 2-1 to Leicester in the eventual final.

Finding someone else may be difficult but surely anyone can teach someone how to catch?

Jan Oblak

After signing a new contract recently, the 25-year-old Slovenian goalkeeper at Atleti would command a fee of around £150m but would that not be the greatest statement of intent that Liverpool could muster?

Despite his flaws, which are undoubtedly in the way he distributes the ball, Jan Oblak is undisputed-ly one of the best goalkeepers in the world and would completely revolutionise the goalkeeping position at the club.

Oblak is just the latest in a long line of goalkeeping greats to originate at Atleti that includes Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea.

Jack Butland

No-one’s going to be happy mentioning this name but Jack Butland of the recently relegated Stoke City could go some way to repairing the goalkeeping damage at the club.

Another 25-year-old keeper, injuries have plagued the last few seasons for the English goalkeeper and now the World Cup beckons for him.

It’s not ideal but an option nonetheless.

Sticking with Loris

Despite how bad the eventual performance was. Loris Karius was undeniably class in the run up to the Champions League final. After regaining his place from Simon Mignolet mid-season, Karius gave Jurgen Klopp no option but to continue to play him as the number one goalkeeper.

Absolute heartbreak.

Should all of that progress be thrown away? Probably not. However, will it really be feasible for him to return to the number one position after effectively costing Liverpool a sixth European Cup? Again, probably not.

That being said, if, come August, Liverpool have not signed a new number one goalkeeper, the fans absolutely MUST get behind the decision and support Karius to the last.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Affectionately known as Kepa, the young Athletic Club de Bilbao goalkeeper is seemingly on his way to an eventual position in goal at Real Madrid but if Liverpool could hijack a move then the 23-year-old Spaniard could be a genius investment.

A speciality in penalty saving and top tier distribution, Arrizabalaga could realistically fit into the Liverpool style but it would be a difficult sell, even for Jurgen Klopp.

Timo Horn

Another relegated 25-year-old, but this time it’s FC Koln’s goalkeeper Timo Horn. The Reds have been linked to Horn in the past and he could well appear on the radar again this summer.

Being relegated, it’ll be easy to acquire Horn but it doesn’t seem realistic that he would come in and be the next best thing like an Alisson or Oblak would. He would just be a piece of the puzzle. Albeit an inexpensive one.

Perhaps combining the signing of Horn and one of the bigger names could be the way forward but time will tell.

Bernd Leno

Leno just missed out on a World Cup squad spot, with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Manuel Neuer and Kevin Trapp being selected ahead of him.

Another German, and a slightly bigger name than Horn. The Bayer Leverkusen number one has come under fire over the past few seasons due to his less than adequate contributions to the German National side when called upon. Hence he’s been left out of their World Cup squad for Russia.

However, this hasn’t been, in large, the case at club level for Leno with Leverkusen only conceding 44 goals in the league this season. Scoring goals is truly been where they’ve struggled

Leno is a big part of this and despite struggling to save longshots it still would be a good investment and has that national team link to Klopp.

Anyway, that’s just a quick look at nine options Klopp could pursue in the coming months, and I’m just scratching the surface and playing devil’s advocate. Not all of them are good suggestions I’ll admit but something HAS to be done in order to avoid a repeat of that final catastrophe.

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