5 goalkeepers who are on the radar of Liverpool
Thomas Strakosha (Lazio and Albania)
Lazio has garnered attention due to their run in Europa League and also in the Serie A this season. Lazio’s talisman has been Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the Serbian prodigy, but they also hold dear another prized possession, Thomas Strakosha. The Albanian has been among the best in Europe after completing 17 clean sheets despite Lazio’s no holds barred attacking play, which leaves hole in the defence more often than not.
Strakosha isn’t an out and out prodigy, but he is growing in confidence and is a composed keeper, the kind Liverpool will be desperate to acquire services of.
Jasper Cillesen (Barcelona and Netherlands)
It was sad to see the Dutch unable to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. The Dutch account for many stars in their team, and one such star is Jasper Cillesen, after making headlines with Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup run, which saw them finish third, Cillesenwas tipped for the next big thing in his career; a move to Barcelona. However, things have spiralled downwards since then with Ter Stegen putting in an incomparable shift, which has reduced him to bits and parts role.
Cillesen is desperate to try his luck elsewhere, but his recent statement said that if Barcelona is willing to give him starts, then he will stay. However, 21 starts in 2 season feels unjustified for such a talented keeper whose punching and clearing abilities have drawn praise from the best of keepers.
Jack Buttland (Stoke City and England)
Buttland isn’t Klopp’s priority right now, but the Stoke City shot stopper has been on their radar since 2013. Buttland had a phenomenal 2016/17 season with Stoke, but an ankle injury hindered his career, and he has looked a shadow of himself since then. One cannot blame Jack as well given Stoke’s dismal performance as a unit. With Stoke relegated, Jack will love to get back to Liverpool and compete with Karius.
Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland)
The Swiss keeper has been rock solid for his nation and his club for a long time now, and has had experience at big stages. His performances for Monchengladbach has been sturdy if not exceptional and his vocal presence coupled with his ability to lead the defence from the back is what the doctors have ordered for Klopp.
However, the 29-year old may not be a first choice for Klopp, but his incorporation will lead to a great tussle with Karius, who will now be under the fire more than ever.
Alisson Becker (AS Roma and Brasil)
Becker, as written on Alisson’s Brasil jersey has been tipped as the next biggest thing after De Gea and Ter Stegen. Resembling Manuel Neuer, Becker loves to play it from the back despite whichever team he plays for, doesn’t go for unnecessary hoicks, and relies more on positioning than action packed saves. Becker never lunges unnecessarily and like the best keepers knows the dimension of his goal well.
Becker has been one of the brightest players for AS Roma so far, and the Italian outfit will be in no hurry to sell their No. 1. Becker’s performance for Brasil in 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign so far has been a cakewalk.