Liverpool will likely have to sign a new goalkeeper this summer or perhaps two. Alisson Becker looks set to keep the number one jersey for a while, but Nick Pope remains a good option for the second choice.
As things stand, the Reds cover options to Alisson are Simon Mignolet and the young Caoimhin Kelleher. Loris Karius who is out on loan with Besiktas is still contracted to Liverpool but it is unlikely that the German will ever play for the Merseyside giants again following his horror show against Real Madrid during the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season.
Mignolet will likely leave the club this summer as he looks to find first-team football elsewhere. The Belgian may not be an ideal first-choice for a club such as Liverpool but he could walk into the first-team’s of many mid-table clubs across Europe’s top five Leagues.
The 20-year-old Kelleher does not have adequate experience to challenge Alisson for his first-choice position. The youngster should ideally be sent out on loan to gain more experience and confidence at the highest level as well as iron out errors in his game.
The Reds should ideally bring in a quality keeper to replace Mignolet, one who can genuinely challenge Alisson for his place in the team. A good keeper that they can look at is Burnley’s Nick Pope. Pope is perhaps one of the unluckiest players in the Premier League right now. He has gone from being part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad to not making a single Premier League appearance this season.
It all started last summer. Burnley found themselves in a bad position at the start of the season as both Tom Heaton and Pope were out injured. Manager Sean Dyche had to fork out to bring in Joe Hart from Manchester City at the start of the season. Hart started the season as first-choice but has since lost his place to Heaton.
Pope has unfortunately been relegated to third-choice. The 26-year-old Pope has superb reflexes and will provide healthy competition to Alisson. Burnley will likely listen to offers for him this summer as they look to generate funds improve their squad which has under-performed this season. Liverpool must go all-out to sign this player this summer.