Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted their star goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is not for sale to Liverpool or any other Premier league clubs.
Schmeichel has been linked with a move to both Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton as of late after the struggles of new summer signing Loris Karius and previous error-prone Simon Mignolet and Everton goalkeeper Steklenberg. All of their displays have made the Liverpool and Everton manager searching for an alternative choice in Schmeichel however Ranieri has rejected the move and ruled out any prospect of Schmeichel heading to Anfield.
“Kasper has a signature on a contract,” Ranieri said. “We won’t sell Kasper under any circumstances.
“We don’t need money. No chance. Liverpool can win the title without Kasper.”
Having won the Premier league title last season, Leicester City has so far endured a difficult season. They are currently just two places above the relegation zone with three points more. Schmeichel was one of the brightest marks of the last season’s league-winning campaign and recently has signed a new contract till 2021 in this Summer.
On the other hand, Liverpool has fared pretty well in the league this season but so far struggled with heavily in their goalkeeper position. New signing Loris Karius has been shaky under the bar whereas experienced Liverpool man Mignolet also faced a lot of criticism for his goalkeeping mistakes. Liverpool kept just five clean sheets in 18 league games, despite being second in the league table after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Stoke City.
It is clear as daylight that the Liverpool boss needs to address his goalkeeping situation currently but with Schmeichel no longer an option, the German will have to look elsewhere to sign a quality shot-stopper. Liverpool was linked also linked with former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart who is right now at Serie A side Torino. Now it remains to be seen whether Klopp makes this move strongly or not as Liverpool hopes to fight for their maiden Premier league title.
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