With Simon Mignolet dropped indefinitely and Brad Jones hardly proving himself as an able deputy against Manchester United, particularly when diving the wrong way for Wayne Rooney’s opener from the edge of the box as if it was a penalty, Liverpool clearly have goalkeeping issues.
Their problems go much deeper than this, but Manchester United are currently the proof in the pudding that if you have a safe and confident goalkeeper, positive results can still be obtained.
Victor Valdes has long been touted as a possible signing, while Norwich’s John Ruddy has been linked with a move. The possibility of a new shot-stopper arriving at Anfield in January has certainly risen a notch in the past week.
It is 1/2 that Liverpool sign another goalkeeper before February 2nd 2015 and here are three leading candidates to ensure this bet lands.
Despite failing to even make the three goalkeeper shortlist for the Golden Glove award at the World Cup, few would doubt that Ochoa was one of the stars of the tournament.
He was named man of the match in two of Mexico’s matches and was especially impressive against Brazil, which included one sensational save from a Neymar header.
This put him in the shop window over the summer and he eventually left Ajaccio in the French second tier for Malaga in Spain.
However, things haven’t wonderfully worked out for Ochoa as he has had to play second fiddle to Carlos Kameni and he may be allowed to leave in January.
If there is any nationality of goalkeeper that can cope with the demands of the role at a young age, then it is those from Germany.
Manuel Neuer was only 20 when he became a first-team regular at Schalke, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen was even younger when given the nod between the sticks for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Former Man City stopper Karius has been a regualar at Mainz this season and has even gained some European experience in the Europa League.
Karius is out of contract in the summer too as things stand.
Liverpool appear to have already missed out on capturing Fiorentina’s Neto for a bargain price, as he recently agreed a four-year extension to the deal that was due to expire in the summer.
However, this contract is thought to have a minimum fee release clause inserted and despite a recent howler against Cesena, the Brazilian is still regarded as one of the best keepers in Serie A.
Only top two Juventus and Roma have conceded fewer league goals than Fiorentina this season too.