Liverpool could turn to an experienced Premier League goalkeeper to bolster their options in that position.
The Daily Mail reported that Burnley’s Tom Heaton has attracted interest from the Champions League winners, with Aston Villa also keeping tabs on the 33-year-old.
Liverpool’s interest in Heaton comes off the back of reports from Portuguese outlet A Bola linking Simon Mignolet with a move to Benfica in search of more regular gametime.
Jurgen Klopp has already drafted in one veteran goalkeeper to his squad recently, calling up 35-year-old free agent Andy Lonergan for the club’s pre-season tour of USA, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Heaton made 19 Premier League appearances for Burnley last season, reclaiming his first team spot just after Christmas following his return from injury.
Before that injury struck, Heaton was regarded in some quarters as one of the best goalkeepers in the English top flight. The Telegraph ranked him as the league’s third best netminder in the 2016/17 season, during which he kept an impressive 10 clean sheets for newly promoted Burnley.
He has a total of 24 clean sheets for the Clarets across 82 Premier League games, managing shutouts in 29.3% of his top flight appearances.
Heaton has also shown himself to be a difficult goalkeeper to beat from the penalty spot. He has faced 34 spot kicks in his career (excluding penalty shoot-outs) and saved 10, a success rate of 29.4%.
Mignolet did not feature at all in the Premier League last season but played 19 league games in 2017/18. He conceded 24 goals in that campaign, just three fewer than Heaton last term from the same number of games, although he managed seven clean sheets (36.8% of games) to the Burnley man’s four (21.1%) in 2018/19.
The Belgium goalkeeper has saved 12 out of 44 penalties in his career, his success rate of 27.2% slightly lower than Heaton’s. Mignolet is far more culpable than his England counterpart of errors leading to goals, with 18 in 245 Premier League appearances, one every 13.6 games.
Heaton has shown himself to be a very reliable performer in the Premier League, more so than Mignolet in terms of avoiding costly mistakes.
He also has more than decent records for penalty saves and clean sheets, while his goals concession rate from last season is roughly the same as Mignolet’s from the 2017/18 campaign.
Heaton seems to be a very safe pair of hands who should provide Liverpool with excellent goalkeeping cover for Alisson.
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