According to a recent report by Turkish outlet Aksam (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are hoping to secure the services of Trabzonspor goalie Ugurcan Cakir at the end of this campaign. The same source has also stated that the Reds will be keeping tabs on the European rising star’s performances in the Turkish Super Lig during this season ahead of a potential move next summer.
Ugurcan Cakir’s Incredible Spell In The Turkish Top-Flight
Cakir opted to seal a move to Trabzonspor as a teenager from Yamanspor in the summer transfer period of 2011. He has spent his entire football career playing in his homeland while fighting his way up Trabzonspor’s youth system. The 23-year-old finally managed to break out as a first-team starter at the Medical Park Stadium back in 2014.
The Antalya born shot-stopper has featured in a total of 41 matches for the Turkish outfit, shipping in 51 goals while securing nine clean sheets on all fronts. He has also played for Turkey at various youth levels before going on to earn one international cap for his nation’s senior team.
The European talent played some of his best football for Trabzonspor last season when he put in some eye-catching displays to help his club achieve a fourth-place finish in the top tier of Turkish football. However, Cakir has made a shaky start to this campaign after he conceded nine goals in seven matches without keeping a clean sheet thus far.
What Will The Super Lig Goalie Bring To Anfield?
Cakir has quick reflexes which enable him to make some world-class stops at the back. He can spread the ball accurately inside his own half even when he is being chased down by the opposition attackers. However, his ball-handling skills can improve while he also tends to drift out of position during a match.
At 23, the Turkish prospect is about to embark upon the prime years of his football career which Liverpool could look to benefit from over the next few seasons.
Will Cakir Be An Ideal Back-Up For Alisson?
The acquisition of Cakir will undoubtedly bolster Klopp’s goalkeeping options at Merseyside next summer. Adrian has shown in the recent matches that he can be a good shot-stopper for the Reds in Alisson’s absence but lacks accuracy with his passing. Therefore, Cakir will be a far better fit for Klopp’s brand of football at Anfield. He will not only be a perfect back-up for Alisson Becker but will also increase competition for the Brazil international in the coming years.