Liverpool have been in the market for an upgrade on Simon Mignolet for some time now, if you believe all the rumours.
Mignolet joined the Reds in 2013, almost immediately replacing experienced Spaniard and fan-favourite Pepe Reina, who the hierarchy were supposedly looking to move off the wage bill. He's had somewhat of a rollercoaster career since; from a match-winning penalty save on his debut at Anfield, to dropping just about everything that's been crossed his way since.
Nonetheless, he's been a model professional. He was dropped by Brendan Rodgers for Adam Bogdan - who's last good game came against Liverpool - and Mignolet responded in a superb manner. He didn't moan, he didn't take to social media, instead, he put his head down and earned his placed back in the side. Not that it would have been hard to, given Bogdan's similarly sketchy form.
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Despite his flaws, Mignolet has been a good servant to Liverpool football club. He has cost them many a point over the course of his three-year spell, but he's always looked determined to improve and make up for his various errors.
Now, under new management, Liverpool are looking for a little less humouring and a bit more solidarity at the back and are reportedly set to seal a £4.7 million move for Mainz keeper Loris Karius. Here are some of the reasons why Liverpool should act quickly to complete the transfer:
1) He's a giant
Standing at 6'2", Karius is a little shorter than Belgian shot-stopper Mignolet. However on the contrary to Mignolet's relatively slight frame, Karius is built like an ox, and won't be messed with in the penalty area.
A keeper similar to that of a bygone age but with all the modern possessive qualities, Karius defends his box like a tank does an army, and that's something the Reds have been short of for years.
2) He's German
They're World Cup winners. European Championship winners. They're well built. They're handsome. They've got a reputation for penalty success and they're an efficient bunch. What more could you want in a goalkeeper?
3) He's a steal
£4.7 million? Really? In the modern market, that would be considered a bargain at a Championship club. A candidate to be in the team of the season, only beaten by Germany's number one Manuel Neuer in the voting and you could be forgiven for thinking someone, somewhere, owes Liverpool a bit of luck in the market.
4) He wears the number one
Sick of seeing goalkeepers messing about with numbers like 22 (Mignolet), 25 (Pepe Reina), 13 (Thibaut Courtois) and so on so forth?
Not anymore. This man is old school. Likely to complement his punched clearances from crosses with a deep shout of "Out!" and standing taller than the goal itself when bore down on by an efficient finisher, he's a real keeper.
5) He's not Mignolet
Sure, this one's a little cheap. But let's face it, Mignolet has cost the Reds time and time again. Karius has caught almost twice as many crosses this season, never dropped the ball and completed almost double the saves in considerably less game time with a weaker defence in front of him. Certainly sounds like an upgrade.
Do you think Liverpool should sign Karius, or should they look elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below!
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