With £142million burning a whole in their pocket from Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, Jürgen Klopp and company have had plenty of friendly advice thrown their way from Liverpool supporters who expect the club to go out and make some amazing things happen during the January transfer window. Virgil van Dijk has already arrived and scored the winner in an FA Cup Merseyside derby at Anfield in his first match. So, he’s all set for legend status already. And that’s money well spent.
But Van Dijk’s transfer was pre-Coutinho millions so the £75M outlay to Southampton isn’t expected to be funded with Barcelona bucks. That leaves a whole lot of dough on the table that damn near everybody hopes will get used on some outstanding players to come in and spruce up Melwood.
Most of the focus has been on Liverpool’s midfield and attack with Thomas Lemar and Naby Keita both maybe almost ready to join any day now. Or never. But there’s also been quite a movement to spread the idea of using a hunk of that 142 to bring in a new goalkeeper this window to replace either Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius.
Roma’s keeper Allison quickly flew up the charts to number one on the Most Likely To Save Us From Being Scored On So Much list. And there were rumours of negotiations starting between the two clubs. But today James Pearce of the ECHO is saying that Klopp has no intention of moving for a goalkeeper this window.
Not unsurprisingly, Klopp is said to be confident in the abilities of Mignolet and Karius and content to stick with rotating the two as somewhat co-number ones. This season Mignolet has played in most of the league matches while Karius has taken over the Champions League games as well as those in the FA Cup.
So, the manager is going to ride it out for the rest of the season with these two along with Danny Ward unless the Welshman gets a loan move this month to continue the strides he made at Huddersfield on loan last season. And don’t forget Ádám Bogdán who has way more accent marks in his name than I ever realized and IS. ACTUALLY. STILL. A. LIVERPOOL. PLAYER.