5 players Liverpool must sign this summer
Positivity is the word to describe Liverpool Football Club at the moment. The negativity after the departure of Philippe Coutinho is now offset by a newfound balance. Jurgen Klopp's Reds have now conceded just 16 goals in the last 20 league games (until GW 29) & have scored 53 goals, picking 47 points, second only to league leaders Manchester City (47 points).
Further, the Merseyside club brushed side FC Porto in the Champions League to move into the quarterfinals. While the mood is positive at Anfield, Klopp and his staff do realize the task at hand if they want to win trophies. Problems are definitely getting resolved one after the other and the squad depth is arguably the best in this century.
Hence, the five-time Champions League winners are very close to having a team which can compete on all fronts and here are 5 players Klopp must sign this summer to bring glory back to Anfield.
#5 Alisson Becker, AS Roma
It is a given that no team can win the big titles like the Premier League without a top-quality goalkeeper. Pepe Reina was the last top keeper for the Reds and he left the club permanently in 2014. The several attempts to replace him have been mild to major disappointments so far.
Simon Mignolet was the first one signed to replace Reina in 2013 during the Brendan Rodgers era. 5 years and over 200 games later, the Belgian looks to have run out of chances under Jurgen Klopp too as he continues to blow hot and cold. The likes of Adam Bogdan and a young Danny Ward followed next without much success and Loris Karius is the current incumbent.
The German looks to have shaken away an indifferent start by putting in a string of impressive performances in recent weeks but he has a long way to go before he makes the spot his own. Thus, Liverpool are better-served getting in a top-class goalkeeper who can push Karius as well. Playing for the same club as Mohamed Salah before, Alisson Becker should be the no.1 goalkeeper target for the Reds this summer.
The AS Roma no.1 has been nothing short of sensational for the Italian side this season. Blessed with outstanding reflexes and shot-stopping ability, the Brazilian is an absolute wall at the back. Further, his distribution is up there with the likes of compatriot Ederson and Barcelona no.1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen, making him the complete package and explains why he is the Brazil no.1 ahead of Ederson.
The 25-year old has already been linked with Liverpool and Klopp's decision is expected to depend on how convincing Karius continues to grow before the end of the season. However, this team is only a few additions away from becoming a world-beater and signing a keeper like Alisson is key to that goal, even if he costs upward of £50 million.
Thus, unless Karius becomes that sort of a commanding and consistent keeper between the sticks, Alisson is a must-buy for the Reds.