It seems that Liverpool have set their eyes on Hull City’s David Marshall and it might as well be the right move to make.
Alisson Becker is slowly but surely approaching his one year anniversary at Liverpool and what a year it has been for the Brazilian goalie. But as successful and as good as he has been throughout the season, it only makes finding his substitute that much more difficult. As per reports of the Football Insider, the Reds have set their sights on Hull City’s David Marshall, and he does seem like a deal worth chasing.
It would not be exaggerating to say that Alisson has been instrumental to Liverpool’s success this season. And we’re not just talking about his Anfield heroics in the Champions League but also about his overall consistency throughout the season. The Reds needed patching up in-between the sticks, which was more than painfully evident when that spot was occupied by Loris Karius.
But now they face a different problem: Alisson is brilliant, but what happens when he’s unavailable? Sure, injuries to goalkeepers are somewhat rarer than that of outfield players but when they do happen, they give their gaffers nightmares. In order to get ahead of the curve, the Reds have been on a lookout for a reliable substitute who can relieve the Brazillian when and if needed. On paper, Hull City’s David Marshall fits the position like a glove (pun not intended).
This 34-year-old has got plenty of experience on his back already and has managed 11 clean sheets in the 2018/19 Championship campaign with Hull. Granted, this doesn’t look nearly as impressive as Alisson’s 21 clean sheets in 38 appearances with only 22 goals conceded but Liverpool are a couple of levels above Hull as an overall team. Still, his CV is quite a respectable one since the Scotsman can boast with lengthy tenures at Cardiff and Norwich City, and also a short spell at Celtic.
Marshall’s contract expires in a month’s time and his estimated value by Transfermarkt is £1.35m – a sum that would represent nothing but small change for the Reds’ expenses. The same source, however, claims that Hull will be looking to offer the goalie a contract extension but seeing how Liverpool could very well offload Simon Mignolet as well, the Tigers might receive an offer they can’t refuse.
Speaking of Mignolet, the Belgian has only appeared twice in a Liverpool shirt last season but Football Insider claims he’s been excellent in training, impressing Jurgen Klopp with his work-rate, professionalism and performances in the process. But none of that really matters if it cannot be translated onto the pitch and judging by the chances he’s (not) been given, a second fiddle is the most he can hope for.
Marshall, on the other hand, is a player who would be happy to sporadically feature at such a gigantic club and he’s a type of a goalkeeper you can always rely on. As far as substitutes go, he’s a perfect match: experienced, humble, reliable, cheap and happy to warm the bench as long as Alisson can stand on his feet. This might as well be a crucial signing to make for the Merseyside team. It doesn’t look like a glamorous one, sure, but it would get the job done.
Kopites, what do you think about Liverpool chasing David Marshall? Would you rather stick with Simon Mignolet or do you think this Hull City veteran is a better choice for the Reds? Let us know in the comments below…
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