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Liverpool identify player with £88.6m release clause as key solution to squad problem – report

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are keen for Jurgen Klopp to find a solution to their side’s goalkeeping issues this summer. Though Loris Karius has looked good over the last month or two, there is still uncertainty over his long-term prospects between the sticks.

The German hasn’t been able to string together more than a handful of good performances in a row since moving to Anfield, and whilst that could change between now and the summer, Liverpool clearly need to start thinking about potentially replacing him.  Even if they decide to stick with him, it makes sense to line up a few potential replacements should they need to take action.

Fortunately, according to the Arab News, they’ve done exactly that. Duncan Castles is reporting through the publication that Liverpool view Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the best available solution to their problems between the sticks. It remains to be seen whether they would be willing to play his whopping €100 million (£88.6 million) release clause – but their interest is seemingly clear.

It’s no real surprise that they are keen on him. Klopp is clearly well aware of his deficiencies at the back, and Oblak has impressed over the last few years.

Atletico Madrid have one of Europe’s strongest defences, and the Slovenian is a key reason for that. Providing fantastic shot stopping, an aerial presence and impressive quality with the ball at his feet, the 6ft2 international has it all.

Whether he’d be interested in a move to Anfield is another variable to consider, but at this point, Liverpool’s interest is just that – interest. They’ll have a lot of work to do should they decide that he is their man, though.

Landlord’s Verdict

Liverpool are a top team, and so Oblak could well be interested in a move, especially if they get into the top four this season.

He’d undoubtedly be an upgrade on their current options, and though he’d be expensive, the pricey captures of the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita do suggest that the Reds are willing to spend big at the moment.

It’s looking set to be a very interesting summer for the Reds.

Liverpool fans – thoughts?

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