Liverpool targeting new European goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius next season

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Most Liverpool fans will openly admit they need a new goalkeeper this summer.

Supporters have always had their doubts about Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, the role of poor goalkeeping in the Champions League final has proven the final straw for many. It seems Jurgen Klopp is almost certain to search for a new number one in the coming weeks.

The future of Mignolet at Anfield looks in doubt, while Karius conceded incredibly soft goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale against Real Madrid in May.

Initially, Liverpool looked to set the bar high and wanted a truly world-class goalkeeper to solve the problem.

Alisson Becker has been a target for the Reds since March but AS Roma are continuing to hold out for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Liverpool's chase for a new GK

Real Madrid seem to lead the chase for the Brazilian and his club are believed to be searching for replacements, yet even Los Blancos are unsure about his price.

Then there's Jan Oblak. Liverpool are unlikely to follow up on a move for the Slovenian with a fee in excess of €80 million being demanded by Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal seemed to block the next port of call, too, when they confirmed the signing of Bernd Leno on Tuesday afternoon.


Liverpool's new European option

So, where do Liverpool go from here?

While moves for Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy or even Nick Pope could still be on the cards, it seems Klopp has one more European shot stopper on his list before he truly turns to the Premier League.

According to German publication Sport Bild, via SportWitness, Liverpool are 'intensely scouting' Werder Bremen's number one Jiri Pavlenka.

It has Karius mark two written all over it, right?

Well, that's not necessarily the case with Czech shot stopper - although relatively unknown in England - being viewed as one of the best goalkeepers in the entire Bundesliga.

Klopp and his scouts are understood to be impressed with Pavlenka's swift progress in a top five European league.

And considering Werder Bremen only paid Slavia Prague a paltry €3 million for his services, even a relatively small bid from Liverpool could appetite them with profit.


Would it be a good signing? Yes, but it wouldn't necessarily be the world-class 'keeper that Kopites are demanding.

There's almost a feeling at the club that, if it's not an Alisson or Oblak, Karius might as well be given a second chance or Danny Ward should even step into the frame.

Reading Klopp's mind at this stage, though, seems nothing short of impossible.

Who do you think Liverpool should sign this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.

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