As if Jurgen Klopp’s responsibility to find a top-class goalkeeper, to solve the issues at Anfield for the long term was not enough, he might now also have to find a replacement for the second choice shot-stopper in Simon Mignolet. The Belgian international is currently on international duty in Russia but is a backup to Thibaut Courtois in the first team.
He also lost his place in the Liverpool starting XI at the turn of the year, failing to make a single start for the club in the league since being replaced by Loris Karius. At 30, he will want to play regularly next season and has recently revealed that he will think about his future after the World Cup. However, it seems as if he is making up his mind on whether he will stay on at Anfield this summer, so how can Liverpool replace him?
The Reds will be tempted to push Karius as a backup, and spend on a player who can walk into the first team. But if they decide to let go of the German as well, Liverpool will certainly have to spend on a backup keeper. Here are three such options they should look to sign this summer:
Jack Butland (Stoke City):
Having failed to keep the Potters in the top flight, the English international is now one of the most wanted players in England at the moment. He will be available on the cheap and has loads of experience, which will certainly help Liverpool add depth to their side. He is more than capable of taking first-team duties and at just 25, can be a solution to Liverpool’s problem in years to come.
Nick Pope (Burnley):
Another English international, who has been on Liverpool’s radar, Nick Pope, was statistically one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League last season. He does have a pretty solid backline protecting him but he has been impressive when called upon. He will also not be too expensive and could be a super addition to the squad at Anfield.
Thomas Strakosha (SS Lazio):
The 23-year old Albanian international has also been linked with a move to Anfield recently. He has been impressive in the last couple of seasons in the Italian top flight and seems ready to take the next step. However, Strakosha has no previous experience of playing in England and will need to work on a few of his attributes, to be a first-team star for Klopp. However, the Lazio goalie can certainly act as a backup next season and will be a decent replacement for Mignolet.