Liverpool’s squad looked to be in good shape after the additions of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota last month. The expectation was that the Reds’ business – at least in terms of incomings – would finish there.
But injuries may force their hand on deadline day. Alisson could be out for around six weeks, and that is a significant blow to Jurgen Klopp.
It didn’t take long for the Brazilian goalkeeper’s absence to be felt. Without him, Liverpool shipped seven goals in a stunning defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday.
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His replacement, Adrian, looked nervous and bereft of confidence, which is understandable given the criticism he has faced in the past.
But Klopp clearly can’t trust the former West Ham United man to stand in for Alisson. With that in mind, then, Express Sport takes a look at the goalkeepers Liverpool could target before the transfer window closes tonight.
Tottenham’s back-up goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Anfield as the Premier League champions search for an Adrian alternative.
Gazzaniga was a reliable deputy for Hugo Lloris during the Frenchman’s long spell out with injury last season.
But he has found his opportunities limited since Lloris returned, and Spurs have also brought in Joe Hart.
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That could mean they are willing to let Gazzaniga leave, particularly if Liverpool make a tempting offer.
The Argentine would certainly provide Premier League experience and looks, on recent form, a steadier pair of hands than Adrian.
The Trabzonspor goalkeeper was the subject of interest from Liverpool back in January, but a move didn’t materialise.
Cakir has the advantage of being relatively young: at 24, he would have time to grow into his role and wouldn’t expect to be a regular starter.
A goalkeeper eight years younger than Adrian and one so highly-rated in Turkey certainly sounds an appealing prospect.
Trabzonspor are said to value Cakir at €20million (£18.2m), so Liverpool wouldn’t need to break the bank.
That kind of investment, after Sunday’s humiliating result, might make more sense now.
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Pope hasn’t started the new season particularly well – he made a costly error in Burnley’s defeat at Newcastle on Saturday – but he remains one of the Premier League’s most consistent goalkeepers.
He ran Alisson and Ederson close in the race for the Golden Glove last season, and made countless saves as Burnley became the only visiting team in the division to avoid defeat at Anfield.
That performance would have impressed Klopp, although the 28-year-old is likely to prove more expensive than other potential options and might not be content to sit on the bench when Alisson returns.
Should Liverpool turn to experience – even more experienced than Adrian – Subasic might be an option.
The 35-year-old, who was linked with the Reds a couple of seasons ago, is a free agent after his contract at Monaco expired.
He made close to 300 appearances for the French club, and would be a relatively cheap, risk-free option on a short-term basis.
Whether he is what Liverpool are looking for is another matter. Generally, the club’s signings are made with one eye on the future as well as the present, and Adrian’s recent displays suggest experience isn’t everything.
Subasic could be an option if other potential deals prove difficult, though.
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