Liverpool’s goalkeeping quandary is a topic frequently discussed by Kopites the world over.
The universal view that Simon Mignolet isn’t good enough for the highest level is one that boss Brendan Rodgers has started subscribing to, dropping the blunder-prone Belgian in favour of Brad Jones recently, another whose tendencies for comedy have prompted many to believe he tells jokes for a living and moonlights as a Premier League net minder.
A January move for an onion bag custodian must surely be a top priority for the Reds – the bookies go 1/5 that one will be signed once the transfer window reopens – with Genoa stopper Mattia Perin the latest name to be linked with an Anfield switch.
The 22-year-old is seen by many as the successor to legendary Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks for the Italian national side, but a section of Liverpool supporters are disgruntled at the prospect of signing this talented keeper.
Perin is among a string of young goalies touted with a move to Merseyside, along with Mainz’s Loris Karius and Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt.
All three are under the age of 24 and obviously have no Premier League experience, meaning each would require a lengthy acclimatisation period where plenty of mistakes are sure to be made.
The Reds have enough error-making goalkeepers on their books already, they need a seasoned pro who can be relied upon for consistency straight away.
Asmir Begovic is another to be associated with a Liverpool move and is certainly dependable, but Stoke would demand serious money before allowing the Bosnian to depart.
A more cost effective alternative is Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, who has outperformed both the highly-rated Potters stopper and Mignolet so far this term.
The American has kept five clean sheets, concedes an average of 1.24 goals per game and has a mean of 2.35 saves per concession.
Begovic is lagging some way behind in comparison, with just two shut outs and averages of 1.35 goals shipped per match and 0.83 saves per goal shipped.
Mignolet is also inferior in these three key categories.
He has been responsible for four bagels, an average goal concession of 1.27 and 1.59 saves per goal shipped.