Today is a day ending in “y” so naturally it’s a good day on which to trawl through some of the many thinly substantiated transfer rumors surrounding Liverpool Football Club. This time, the rumors are connected to the goalkeeper position, an area that is undoubtedly clouded with more questions than answers, and one that needs to be addressed if the Reds are to have any hope of competing for major honors in the near future.
According to certain outlets in Spain, including Diario Gol, Jürgen Klopp may be looking to Spain to solve the Mignolet-Karius-Ward trilemma. Specifically, those rumors suggest that Real Madrid’s Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas is in Liverpool’s sights, and that the stars may be aligning for what would otherwise be a somewhat unlikely move.
The catalyst for this particular set of rumors seems to be purported dissatisfaction on Navas’ part due to the perception that Madrid’s wandering eyes drift to other keepers - most notably David De Gea, their “one that got away” - on an annual basis. Despite the fact that Navas has the support of Zinedine Zidane, the noises in the press about those other keepers seems to have annoyed the Costa Rican international to the point where he has instructed his agent to put out feelers.
Which is precisely where the Liverpool connection makes its appearance. The Reds could undoubtedly benefit from someone rising up to seize the starting keeper spot with both hands, but it’s not clear that any of the keepers currently on the payroll can do that. Navas, still just 30 years of age, would bring tons of big game experience as well as a solid club and international résumé to the table.
There is of course the question of whether Real Madrid would actually sign off on the deal, not to mention the issue of whether the Reds could offer Navas enough to offset any reservations about moving to a new country and new league, away from the glaring bright lights of Real Madrid. For now, there doesn’t seem to be quite enough to suggest that this is something that could happen, but a lot depends on how Liverpool’s keepers do in the next two months.