Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are gutted following the Champions League final in Kiev following their 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.
The Reds knocked out Porto, Manchester City and Roma on their way to the final but couldn’t deny Madrid winning their third consecutive European Cup. An early injury to Mohamed Salah completely changed the complexion of the game, but Jurgen Klopp’s men entered the dressing room at half-time with the scores level. However, a mistake by Loris Karius allowed Karim Benzema to score before the German dropped a Gareth Bale long-shot into his own net.
Despite apologising for his errors which ultimately cost Liverpool the title, it’s hard to see a route back into the first-team for the ex-Mainz shot-stopper. With Simon Mignolet also failing to impress, Liverpool are surely in the market for a new number one. Roma goalkeeper Alisson and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak have been rumoured but would cost upwards of a world record fee.
Instead, Liverpool could make an audacious attempt to lure Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, the Belgian has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge. With the managerial situation unclear and no Champions League football, now could be the best time to lure him from London.
Indeed, the Blues are in a bit of a mess right now and will more than likely have to go under some sort of rebuild this summer, so perhaps this could be a good time for the Merseyside giants to try their luck.
The 26-year-old is without a doubt one of the best keepers on the planet. He made 35 Premier League appearances last season, keeping 15 clean sheets. Courtois admitted he did not know whether he would be a Chelsea player after the World Cup with Real Madrid interested.
If Liverpool could convince him to be their number one, they would no doubt challenge for the Premier League title next year.
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