Philippe Coutinho’s departure hasn’t impacted Liverpool much in terms of scoring goals but their goalkeeping conundrum is yet to be sorted and despite Jurgen Klopp’s reliability in Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, the Reds boss seems to have lost his patience and is likely to complete a summer move for a high-profile name to strengthen his last line of defence.
Simon Mignolet, particularly, had a sensational start since joining from Sunderland back in 2013 but often received criticism for conceding silly goals and lack of consistency. Klopp opted to rotate him with Loris Karius since the latter’s move from FSV Mainz 05 back in the summer of 2016, but the German custodian, too, has failed to stake a claim following some erroneous outings. Young Danny Ward seems not to be in Klopp’s plan despite guiding Huddersfield Town to earn a Premier League promotion last year and the German gaffer is keeping close tabs on AS Roma’s Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.
The Reds, however, will have to break their bank, particularly for Oblak who has a €100 mil release clause in his contract. The 25-year-old Slovenian is considered among world’s bests since earning a regular slot between the sticks following his transfer from Benfica back in 2014.
Surprisingly, Liverpool made an attempt to bring in the custodian back in December 2009 when he was a highly-rated teenager and Oblak, performing for his boyhood side Olimpija Ljubljana at that time, made his trip to Anfield to watch the Reds play against Arsenal that ended in 2-1 defeat for the hosts. A trial, however, could not be arranged as he was injured back then and eventually plied his trade to Benfica next summer for a fee of £1.5 mil.
Time flies and the Reds seem to have found some rhythm back for the first time since Rafael Benitez’s realm. Oblak’s move didn’t occur the last time but Liverpool must not feel shy to be aggressive for Oblak this term and must trigger his release clause to find a permanent solution to a long-standing conundrum.