Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to build upon an impressive fourth place finish last term.
Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve huge credit for securing a second successive top four finish in English football’s top-flight, having also ended up fourth the campaign before to return to Europe’s elite for the first time since 2014. And they made the most of their stint in the Champions League in reaching the final back in May, although went down 3-1 to defending champions Real Madrid to leave Klopp still without a trophy in his two-and-a-half year spell in charge of the Merseyside giants.
Thus, there are many excited and expectant Liverpudlians in the Tavern at present, several of whom have been watching the World Cup intently in a bid to identify possible transfer targets for the summer window.
And one man several of our resident Reds supporters are hoping their club will go after this summer is Leicester City and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, linked with Chelsea in recent times, as his addition could finally prompt Liverpool into challenging for the Premier League title.
Ultimately, Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield back in January went some way to addressing their obvious issues at centre back, although it’s clear that the goalkeeping ranks also need strengthening this summer if Klopp’s side are to bridge the gap to Manchester City.
Young German shot-stopper Loris Karius got the nod from the Reds boss back in January to be his number one in the second half of the campaign, and while he performed solidly for the majority of the season, his howlers in the Champions League final in May has called into question his suitability to the number one role.
And with Simon Mignolet also failing to prove his credentials as a title-winning shot-stopper, it’s pretty clear what area of the squad Klopp simply must reinforce over the summer to sustain a challenge to Pep Guardiola’s City this time round.
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And Denmark ace Schmeichel could well be that man, as the 31-year-old has proven to be a hugely adept and accomplished goalkeeper in the Premier League in the last few years, not least in helping Claudio Ranieri’s men to the most unlikely of title triumphs back in 2016.
The former Man City shot-stopper kept 15 clean sheets and shipped just 35 goals that term to help inspire the Foxes to the best defensive record in the league, and while many of his Leicester teammates saw their level drop the season after, Schmeichel maintained his to help the Midlands giants avoid relegation, and indeed reach the last eight of the Champions League.
Add in his excellent efforts for Denmark during the World Cup, in which he kept two clean sheets in four games and made two saves in their penalty shoot-out loss to Croatia on Sunday, and the 31-year-old is clearly the calibre of goalkeeper Liverpool need to sustain a title challenge.
Thus, with Chelsea thought to be interested in the Leicester ace, Klopp’s men must seek to join and indeed win the race for the £9 million-rated shot-stopper (as per Transfermarkt), in a move which could finally win them the Premier League.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!