Liverpool’s need for a new goalkeeper reached new heights this season following a string of poor performances from Simon Mignolet.
The much-maligned Belgian has been a source of frustration for the club’s fans, making a number of simple errors and costing the Reds vital points.
Bewilderingly, Mignolet was handed a new five-year contract earlier this year by Jurgen Klopp, but it seems the German is close to bringing in a new shot-stopper.
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This is according to the Mirror, who claim that Mainz shot-stopper Loris Karius arrived on Merseyside today to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed £4.7 million move.
Personal terms have reportedly been agreed after Liverpool decided to activate the 22-year-old’s €10 million buy-out clause.
However, Karius’ arrival will not be to replace Mignolet, but simply provide him with greater competition.
It’s a reasonable argument to make that the Belgium international has suffered from not having to battle for the number one spot, suggesting another ‘keeper could prise the best out of him.
A new shot-stopper isn’t the only addition needed at Anfield, though.
Whilst Liverpool have certainly improved under Klopp, the issue remains that new faces are needed if they’re to challenge for the Champions League places next season.
And long-term target Mario Gotze would be the perfect signing if they’re to do just that, with the Germany midfielder the subject of a £20 million bid.
Various sources claim incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti told Gotze recently that he is surplus to requirements and needs to find a new club this summer. Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested.
More to follow...