One of the rare mistakes Jurgen Klopp’s made in his Liverpool managerial stint is everything regarding Loris Karius.
Indeed, the German brought in the once-rising (yes, he really was at the time) goalkeeper from his country, but obviously, Karius only invited trouble. Be it your b0g-standard errors or THAT UEFA Champions League nightmare, he held back the Reds from hitting top gear.
While Klopp did solve that problem by bringing in the ever-reliable Alisson in the summer, he’s making sure another Karius problem doesn’t arise in the future. According to reports earlier this month (via Football Insider), the Reds are poised to sign a highly-touted 16-year-old Polish goalkeeper Jacob Ojrzynski.
The 16-year-old goalkeeper has impressed many with his excellent work for Legia Warsaw’s youth team, prompting both Liverpool and Manchester United to chase him. However, with Klopp’s persistence, the Reds have seemingly outbid their rivals to seal this future gem. Clearly, Liverpool might have their immediate future sorted in Alisson’s safe hands, but want his successor to be someone equally good.
Excellent planning from perhaps the best-run club in world football right now.
Surely Ojrzynski will move into their U-18 team before climbing the ladder, but he can gain much-needed experience in England during the journey. Excitingly, the Reds can wait years to mould him into a top-class goalkeeper with lighting quick reflexes and commanding nature like Alisson.
Everyone knows just how hard it is to nail a truly top class stopper, just look at some of the fees paid in recent years, and it’s perhaps the one position on the field that serious, serious planning needs to go into, even for a club as rich as Liverpool. Indeed, paying £60-70m every few years for one in his prime just isn’t feasible.
Had that sort of thinking gone into the succession of Pepe Reina, Karius may never have even ended up at Anfield…
Klopp isn’t taking risks in the goalkeeping department after Karius’ fluffs cost him big. Ojrzynski’s signing is a statement of intent that this position won’t be taken for granted anymore. The 16-year-old is already making strides with his stunning potential and under the right guidance can become a first-teamer at Anfield over the next decade.
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