According to reports originating from Germany, Liverpool have added Bernd Leno to their shortlist of goalkeepers that they are targeting this summer.
The 26-year-old Bayer Leverkusen ‘keeper is the latest name to be thrown into the hat following suggestions that the Reds will not pursue their interest in Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak or Roma’s Alisson because of the amount of investment that would be needed.
KOPTALK understands that Jab Oblak was Jürgen Klopp’s preferred option but if you believe the latest whispers, a transfer valuation in excess of £80million is cited as unrealistic. It is also claimed that Roma are looking for a fee close to £80million for Alisson who also continues to be heavily linked with Real Madrid. Again, the club are briefing a handful of journalists that this is simply too much money.
Leno, who kept 12 clean sheets in 39 appearances last season, is available for transfer after Bayer Leverkusen signed Lukáš Hrádecký to be their new Number 1 from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller confirmed this recently when he said: “Leno can leave but only on our terms.”
Italian outfit Napoli have been tracking Leno for a while while Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been heavily linked with the German who failed to make Germany’s final World Cup squad. There was of course also no place for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in that squad either.
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With Liverpool getting it out there that Karius was apparently concussed during the Champions League final, many Liverpool supporters feel that was the first sign that Klopp would keep faith with him and that there would be no heavy investment in a robust goalkeeper. Within days of the news coming out from a Boston hospital of all places that Karius was probably not to blame for his blunders, reports have suggested that Liverpool have given up on Oblak and Alisson.
Up until Karius’s blunders, we thought we’d see Simon Mignolet leave and Jack Butland possibly recruited as his replacement to fight it out with Karius. But with Karius clearly failing in Kiev – and no, we don’t accept the concussion excuse because his errors were not out of character – we had hoped that Liverpool would then secure either Oblak or Alisson.
We stumbled on some stats yesterday that you may find of interest. Oblak had the best save success rate in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season at 85.8% with Alisson coming in 2nd at 80.1% and Manchester United’s David De Gea coming in 3rd at 79.9%. These are impressive stats that show to us the importance of signing either Oblak or Alisson. If you’re going to spend £75million on a centre-back in Virgil van Dijk, then shelling out a fee of around £80million for one of the best goalkeepers in the world is surely a must.
Concussed or not, we really hope that Karius can overcome his nightmare. Maybe there is still an opportunity for him to remain at Anfield but we will be so disappointed if we fail to invest in a solid goalkeeper.
It is interesting to note that the suggestions that Liverpool will not pay big for either Oblak or Alisson have been made by journalists that are often briefed off-the-record by Liverpool officials. This means the club want this stance to be public. This could be to test the water with the reaction from fans (far-fetched?) or to put pressure on negotiators at Atlético Madrid and Roma.
So, Bernd Leno is under consideration if you believe the reports and at around £22million you can see why. Regardless of Karius, Liverpool are still in the market for a ‘keeper. We believe there’s been ongoing contact in relation to Jack Butland so don’t rule him out although Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma also continue to be linked.
In all honesty, we’re not convinced that we’ve ended our interest in Oblak and Alisson just yet. Let’s keep the faith for a little longer.