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Spanish Giants Reveal Asking Price For Top Liverpool Transfer Target: Should Klopp Meet His Valuation?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Liverpool’s summer transfer window is off to a flier. They are already ready to welcome Naby Keita into their midfield and have signed Fabinho in the early weeks of the windows. Several reports suggest that they are also close to landing AS Lyon star Nabil Fekir but Jurgen Klopp does not seem like he will slow down any time soon.

There were a number of issues with the squad pulling the club down in the last decade or two but Klopp seems to have identified most of them in his reign at Anfield and is slowly solving them. However, one position that still needs an upgrade on is the GK’s role.

While Simon Mignolet, the culprit under the bar for years now, is no longer the first choice for Klopp, the man he trusted failed to deliver at the biggest stage in Kyiv. German ace Loris Karius will be devastated after his errors handed Real Madrid their third UCL title in as many years. His mistakes compounded by the lack of options in that role have pushed Liverpool back in the transfer market for a shot-stopper this summer,

While AS Roma’s Alisson Becker is high on their wish list, Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen are also on their radar. But one name that many fans want to see in a Liverpool shirt next season is Jan Oblak.

With some extraordinary numbers with Atletico Madrid in his four seasons at the club, the Slovenian international has risen to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe at the moment. At just 25, he has shown great composure against the toughest of opponents and his positioning and reflexes make him that much more effective.

He is athletic and ready to throw himself around and has time and again bailed out an Atletico Madrid defence that leaves very little for him to do. But he has shown great prowess with the gloves on and is as good an option as any for Liverpool.

Reports suggest that Atletico Madrid are ready to let him leave for a price above £80m. So should Liverpool meet his valuation?

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The performance of Karius and Mignolet in the past show that Liverpool needs a new shot-stopper this summer. Their top transfer target Alisson is expected to cost over £70m, but he has been at Anfield twice in the last few months and has not done enough to excite too many fans.

But Oblak, on the other hand, conceded just 28 goals in all competitions for Atleti last season and has an astonishing record of 93 clean sheets in 162 La Liga appearances. He is certainly a better option than Alisson and if Liverpool are ready to meet the Brazilian’s valuation, there is no reason for them to avoid signing Oblak.

But do you think Liverpool can land the Slovenian this summer?

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