Friday, 29 April 2016

Liverpool transfer targets – Goalkeepers

Harry Elliott (@harry94elliott) researches Liverpool fans opinions on Simon Mignolet and potential transfer targets in the goalkeeper position.
Jürgen Klopp baffled many Liverpool fans by awarding Belgian stopper Simon Mignolet with a five year contract recently. Unfortunately for the Reds, Mignolet’s torrid form this season has continued, despite this apparent show of faith from new boss Klopp. Liverpool fans should not forget what Mignolet has done for the club in the past, particularly his form in the 2013/14 season when he won points for his side single handed (or should that be gloved?). However one cannot escape the fact that the 28 year old has made some howlers this season. With the summer transfer window in the not too distant future, we shall look at whom Liverpool fans would like to see between the sticks at the start of next season.

First up on the list is Cologne ‘keeper Timo Horn.

Horn is just 22 years old and first choice at hometown club Cologne. At an imposing 6ft 4 inches, he is capped at every German youth level, and has amassed over 125 first team appearances in Germany’s top two divisions. @thisisanfield recognises the potential of the young man from the Ruhr:
“Timo Horn would provide an immediate upgrade on Mignolet, with scope to develop into one of the Premier League’s leading goalkeeper.”
@empireofthekop believes that any move for Horn, may be part of a douple swoop:
“Jurgen Klopp could return to the Bundesliga market to raid FC Koln at the end of the season, with goalkeeper Timo Horn and defender Jonas Hector both targets, The Mirror cites Bild as reporting.
Horn might displace Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s number-one goalkeeper while Hector would provide decent competition for Alberto Moreno at left-back. Both players would surely improve the squad.”
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is the second man on the list.
Impressing for Barcelona, 23 year old Ter Stegen is Germany’s undisputed #2. At a more diminutive height of 6ft 2inches, Ter Stegen is a modern keeper in all senses of the world, with good feet and not averse to playing a near sweeper role.
The boys at @TheRedMenTV feel that Ter Stegen, if interested, should be signed up whatever the price:
@TransferTavern has also linked Ter Stegen to Anfield:
“The Barcelona goalkeeper enjoyed a fantastic debut season in Catalonia, winning the Champions League amid the club’s treble-winning campaign, but this term he’s been playing second fiddle to Claudio Bravo- and he’s understandably not happy.
Swapping Barcelona for Liverpool would be a big decision but with compatriot Jurgen Klopp at the helms, it’s certainly possible- although the Reds would likely have to pay an astronomical figure.”

If the author may add their own two-penneth worth on the goalkeeping situation at Anfield, and throw another name into the ring. Another German – Ron-Robert Zieler.
Ron-Robert Zieler, another hailing from Cologne, is older than the two ‘keepers aforementioned, at 27, but has been very impressive for Hannover over the past two seasons. A Manchester United reject, Zieler is no stranger to English football having played two times on loan at Northampton Town in the 2008/2009 season. The below video shows some of his saves (excuse the music):

The fact that all of these potential Liverpool targets are German highlights the current glut of German goalkeepers. National side coach Joachim Loew has Manuel Neuer and Ter Stegen as #1 and #2 with Roman Weidenfeller of Dortmund, Kevin Trapp of PSG, Hannover’s Zieler and Leverkusen’s Leno all in the hunt for the #3 jersey. These targets also represent better value than overpriced English keepers such as Jack Butland. It is distinctly possible that Klopp will raid his homeland for a keeper, and it may well be one of the above.

By Harry Elliott (harry94elliott)

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