Liverpool Target Two Mignolet Replacements With World-Class Stats

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 21:00 Jan 3rd 2018

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:

Simon
Mignolet
versusLoris
Karius
GLKPOSITIONGLK
29Y 9MAGE24Y 6M
6FT 3INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
13ST 9LBWEIGHT11ST 9LB
 
PL | LIV | | LIV | PL
10/15 - 01/1810/15 - 01/18
73
STARTS
13
6570
MINS
PLAYED
1170
24
CLEAN
SHEETS
5
86
GOALS
AGAINST
13
76
MINS PER
GOALS A
90
63
SHOTS
SAVED %
62
4
TOTAL
2

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:


Alisson
versusJan
Oblak
GLKPOSITIONGLK
25Y 3MAGE24Y 11M
6FT 4INHEIGHT6FT 1IN
14ST 4LBWEIGHT13ST 4LB
 
SA | RMA | | ATM | LL
06/17 - 06/1806/17 - 06/18
18
STARTS
17
1620
MINS
PLAYED
1530
9
CLEAN
SHEETS
10
12
GOALS
AGAINST
8
135
MINS PER
GOALS A
191
82
SHOTS
SAVED %
86
2
TOTAL
4

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.

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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.

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