According to reports in the Daily Mail Liverpool are confident of signing of Victor Valdes on a free transfer once he is fit enough to complete a medical next month.
With the club understood to have misgivings over Simon Mignolet’s form, an investment in Valdes to overhaul the Belgian in the Premier League starts stakes this season at a lengthy 19/4 could prove shrewd.
Boxing day’s visit to Burnley is the fixture by which the Spaniard must make his maiden league start in order not to run out of rope, so he has ample time to regain full fitness.
Current number one Mignolet remains 1/10 favourite to begin more top tier games than the man who is expected to provide ‘stiff competition’ according to the Mail.
However, Brendan Rodgers has discussed the signing of a new goalkeeper in terms of spurring his existing netminders to greater heights before, suggesting the following after bringing in the Belgian:
“I spoke to Pepe about this a few months back and told him we wanted to bring in another goalkeeper as real competition.”
Everyone knows how that turned out for the departed gloveman, who was shunted out to Napoli on loan before being sold on to Bayern Munchen this summer.
Rodgers’ continued thirst for ‘competition’ for his current number one, who made costly errors in some of the Reds’ biggest games last term, saw him thwarted in his attempts to land a brace of likely keepers in the transfer window.
Swansea’s Michel Vorm and Alex McCarthy of Reading had both slipped through his fingers before the deadline day breathed it’s last.
In a live webchat on The Times website yesterday journalist Tony Evans was firm in his conviction that the rumour mill smoke had genuine conflagration at it’s base, saying:
“The club have not been impressed with Mignolet. They would like one who commands his area, directs the defence and distributes better. The lack of confidence in the keeper runs throughout the club.”