According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool have made a move to bring Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to Anfield. The 29-year-old has been on the peripheries at the Spanish giants since his move to the Nou Camp back in 2016, what with the Netherlands international mustering just 21 senior appearances for the Catalans, only two of which coming in La Liga.
Yet Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are reportedly keen on the Dutchman in a bid to replace the awful Loris Karius, and while he would be an upgrade on the German, £10.8 million-rated Kasper Schmeichel (as per Transfermarkt) would be an even better one.
Ultimately, while 29-year-old Cillessen earned his move to Barca after a fine few years at Ajax, he simply hasn’t played enough football in the last couple of years to suggest that he can be the man to help Klopp’s side over 50 games this time round.
And given in only three of his last seven seasons has the Netherlands ace been his respective club’s number one shot-stopper, it’s difficult to see how he can maintain the level required over the course of a campaign were he to move to Anfield.
Yes, it’s clear that Cillessen would indeed be an upgrade on Karius, but to finally end their glaring issue in the goalkeeping ranks, they’d be better served going after an even better upgrade in Leicester City’s Schmeichel.
The 31-year-old has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in the last few years in helping the Foxes win the title and indeed stave off relegation, with it arguable that his efforts in their season after winning the league were more impressive than their title-winning campaign.
The Denmark international, who excelled once again during this summer’s World Cup as his country reached the last 16, kept 15 clean sheets as Claudio Ranieri’s men won the Premier League back in the 2015/16 campaign, and while the majority of his teammates saw their level dip the season after, Schmeichel maintained his to keep them in the division.
And with eight clean sheets for Claude Puel’s side last term to inspire them to a ninth place finish, alongside an impressive World Cup campaign for his country, the 31-year-old appears to be the ideal man to take the number one jersey away from Karius at Anfield.
Thus, while Cillessen would be an upgrade on the German, they should forget about him as 31-year-old Schmeichel would be an even better upgrade on the awful 25-year-old.
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