Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Leicester City goalie Kasper Schmeichel in order to solve their goalkeeping woes.
Football Whispers have run an exclusive that sources close to Liverpool have informed them that the Reds are interested in Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The Dane, who was a key part of the Foxes’ Premier League triumph last season, has been viewed as a potential solution to the goalkeeping woes that Liverpool have had to deal with, this season in particular.
The arrival of Loris Karius was hailed as the solution for the goalkeeping conundrum at Anfield. But a few unconvincing performances has seen the German relinquish the number 1 spot to Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet.
Even though Mignolet has recorded two shutouts on his return to the starting eleven, there is a general air of consensus around the club that the player is not at par with the level of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League, i.e. the likes of David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Petr Cech.
Kasper Schmeichel has always been rated as a brilliant shot-stopper and a vocal leader at the back. The 30-year-old recorded a mammoth 15 clean sheets last season, as Leicester City secured an unprecedented Premier League title.
The Foxes have failed to recapture the same form this season with Ranieri’s men sitting at a lowly 15th. Their poor start also meant that they became the worst defending champions in the Premier League history at this stage of the competition.
Liverpool’s goalkeeping troubles have forced them to look for an addition to their roster and they have marked the Leicester City stopper as a potential solution. As per the report though, a January move is highly unlikely with Leicester City already struggling in the league, unless Liverpool come in with an offer they can’t say no to.
A fee in the region of £20m is being quoted as a probable mutual agreement point for a transfer, but Liverpool would need to bid higher than that if they want to secure Kasper in January, with the player recently signing a five-year deal before the start of the season.
However Klopp may decide to go all-in for the 30-year-old in order to secure the player’s services in January, and the assured presence of the Dane at the back may just turn out to be the difference between a title challenge and a title triumph. As Steven Scragg wrote, the battle between Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet might be a battle that neither wins in the long run.