The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by Lorius Karius’ improvement since the turn of the year, but the vast majority of supporters still believe the club should improve their strength in this position.
The 25-year-old German has firmly sealed his place in Liverpool’s first team ahead of Simon Mignolet during the second-half of the season, but his performances haven’t been satisfactory enough to convince Jurgen Klopp that he should continue to be the club’s number one next season, according to Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport.
According to the report, Liverpool will table a bid in the region of £35 million for AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarruma after the Champions League final on Saturday. The 19-year-old prodigy is regarded as the natural successor to Gianluigi Buffon and one of the most promising young goalkeepers on the continent, so Liverpool’s interest is perfectly understandable given their problems with goalkeepers down the years.
Although a potential deal would undoubtedly be a difficult one to complete given his importance to the Serie A giants, it’s one which Liverpool simply have to force through in order to lay the foundations of a solid defensive unit for decades to come, and they should take the example of Ederson at Manchester City for inspiration.
Manchester City’s defensive unit were consistently lambasted in the media with Claudio Bravo between the sticks, but they have been consistently solid and difficult to break down since the immensely composed Ederson replaced him last summer.
Ederson’s impact at the Etihad Stadium has served to prove that a goalkeeper can have a profound impact on the entire performance of the back-four, as his calming influence and ability to anticipate proceedings played an instrumental role in City’s dominance of the Premier League last season.
Karius has been vastly improved in recent months, but there are still question marks about his ability to succeed at the top level, as Klopp’s decision to make him Liverpool’s number coincided with Van Dijk’s arrival at the club – a fact which suggests Karius has been made to look better by the overall improvement in the Reds’ defensive unit.
Naturally, Donnarruma (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) is far from the finished article and will undoubtedly frustrate the Liverpool supporters at times if he is eventually brought to Anfield this summer, but the potential he has demonstrated this season suggests he is destined for an incredibly bright future in European football, so the club would be foolish not to sign him to replace Karius before a rival club completes a deal for his services.
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