Liverpool are reportedly set to make an offer to try and sign England international Nick Pope from Burnley this summer.
Liverpool are ready to launch a £15 million bid for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as they look to resolve their goalkeeping situation, as per a report from The Sun.
The Merseysiders have been actively in pursuit of a new goalkeeper following inconsistent displays from both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius over the course of the past campaign. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp began the season with Belgian international Mignolet as his first-choice, but dropped him towards the end of the year, after a series of error-prone displays and decided to make Karius the No. 1 at Anfield.
The German international looked solid for most of the second half of the season, but his horrendous showing in the final of the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid, which cost Liverpool the game and in turn the trophy, has seen him fall out of favour.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but the Brazilian international is understood to prefer a move to European champions Real Madrid instead, which has put the brakes on any deal for Liverpool.
Liverpool were also briefly linked with Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, following the Potters’ relegation from the Premier League this past season. However, they have decided to turn their attention towards Butland’s international teammate, Pope instead.
The 26-year old joined Burnley from Charlton Athletic back in the summer of 2016, but had found first-team chances hard to come by thanks to the presence and form of club captain Tom Heaton. However, a serious shoulder injury to the former Manchester United goalkeeper in the 2017-18 season, paved way for an extended run in Sean Dyche’s team for Pope and the Englishman hasn’t looked back.
Pope ended the season with 11 clean sheets from 35 Premier League appearances, conceding just 35 goals and playing a huge role in the Clarets finishing seventh on the table and earning their first ever European qualifying berth. The 26-year-old went on to make 114 saves in the English top-flight, which was the sixth best tally for the season.
Pope’s performances for Burnley earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Englishman may not be the biggest of the names but proved himself in the Premier League last season and at £15 million, he will cost Liverpool much lesser than the £70 million that Roma were understood to be demanding for Alisson.