Liverpool in talks with Diego Lopez

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Liverpool are rumoured to be in talks with Real Madrird goalkeeper Diego Lopez according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.

Lopez has been rumoured to be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for Italian giants AC Milan, however Reds boss Brendan Rodgers looks to hijack the transfer.

Lopez signed for Real Madrid in January 2013, to replace Iker Casillas who was out for 12 weeks with a broken hand. However, the former Villarreal shotstopper's performances were so impressive, he kept his place in the starting XI under Jose Mourinho for the rest of the season.

The 'keeper then continued to start when new manager Carlo Ancelotti took over at the club and Casillas only played in Champions League and Domestic Cup games.

However, both Lopez and Casillas could see themselves out of the picture as the Champions League holders have brought in Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Levante for £8 million.

With Pepe Reina leaving Anfield, it seems that Rogers wants to replace him.

You can also add to the fact that Simon Mignolet, who signed for Liverpool from Sunderland last season, had somewhat of an inconsistent first campaign on Merseyside, making several key errors as Liverpool finished two points behind league winners Manchester City.

Mignolet's major errors have come mainly when the Belgian has come to collect crosses, as he looks nervous and lacking confidence. This is an area that Lopez thrives, as he prides himself on coming to collect the ball as well as being an excellent shot stopper.

The fact that Lopez barged Casillas - a Real Madrid legend - out of his place at the Bernabeau highlights how talented he really is.

He has just one international cap for Spain, nonetheless he has been the country's most consistent performer over the last 18 months. Despite being number one at Madrid, he saw his fellow goalie Casillas be continually selected for the national side. Victor Valdes, who for me has been the most over-rated goalkeeper in the past five years, also saw himself make the Spain squad in front of Lopez. One has to question how 'political' the Spanish team selection is towards the El Classico teams.

Lopez would be a superb signing for Liverpool as he offers strong competition to Mignolet. According to, it is Lopez who is the higher rated goalkeeper, however not by much. As they say iron sharpens iron, so the pair would have to be at the top of their game, as they know a very worthy replacement would be resting in the wings if they were the subject of a high error.

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