The £75m January signing of Virgil van Dijk shows that Liverpool mean business as they look to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title in 2018/19, with Naby Keita also set to join him at Anfield next summer.
These big-money acquisitions should go a long way towards solving the Reds’ problems at the back and in central midfield, but the indifferent form of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius means that bringing in a new number 1 remains a priority for the club:
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Since Jürgen Klopp took charge of the Merseyside outfit, he has tended to favour the Belgian, in the Premier League at least, but it is hard to pick up the amount of points needed to walk away with a championship when your goalkeepers are only saving roughly three in every five shots that they face.
Countless names have been linked with the role, including 27-year-old German international Kevin Trapp, but would the backup at Paris Saint-Germain really be an improvement on either of the two men currently vying for the position?
No is the simple answer to that question, but there are a couple of world-class custodians enjoying spectacular seasons whom Liverpool could realistically target, namely AS Roma’s Alisson and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak:
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Both young enough to make a real impact at Anfield for years to come, the Brazilian and Slovenian internationals have saved 82% and 86% respectively of the shots taken against them in the top-flight in 2017/18, as well as pitching shutouts in at least half of their appearances.
Mo Salah’s summer switch showed that players are willing to swap Rome for Merseyside, whilst Atletico Madrid’s abject showing in the Champions League could leave Oblak more open to a change of scenery than he might otherwise have been.
The Acca Smacker
Liverpool's top 4 rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head tonight in the pick of the action, but with 6 other matches in KickOff's all-new Acca Smacker there's plenty of money to be won.
A home win for Rio Ave is the strongest prediction of the night at 61%, while Benfica will be looking to extend their 10 match home winning streak, as highlighted in the 'Form Streaks' tab.
Braga and Porto, meanwhile, score impressive 18-0 victories over their prospective opponents in the 'Form Stats' tab, making them both great shouts for an away win tonight.