Liverpool were meant to be after Roma shot stopper Alisson in January, but Loris Karius’ impressive performances and Roma seeming increasingly confident of keeping hold of their ‘keeper have led meany to believe that such a move is no longer on the table.
If the rumour mongers are to be believed, though, Liverpool aren’t entirely settled and certain on Karius being the long-term answer in goal—even if they do appear to have moved on from Alisson. Instead, that could be because they now have another target.
According to Spain’s AS and as since retold by every English tabloid, Liverpool may not be after Alisson any more but they are keeping a close tab on Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, the currently unchallenged 25-year-old superstar of the goalkeeping world.
There are goalkeepers like Alisson, and like Manchester United’s David de Gea and Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen. And then there’s Oblak somewhere out in front of them. With Liverpool now meant to be considering paying whatever it takes to sign him.
They aren’t alone, though, with PSG, Juventus, and Arsenal all said to be weighing up whether it would be worth paying €100M to bring in Europe’s top shot stopper, a player who would improve literally any club on the planet were he to sign for them.
Of course, then the question turns to whether that improvement would be worth the price and how that sort of spend on a goalkeeper might impact other potential moves. And that’s assuming Liverpool or any of the others are even interested in Oblak right now.
If he were to somehow end up at Anfield this summer nobody would complain, but so far in 2018 at least goalkeeper hasn’t appeared a position that would hold back this Liverpool side from competing for and even winning major titles in the coming years.
Which might change the math rather a lot and could mean this is nothing more than idle rumour mongering by the tabloid press. Which is usually a safe bet in any case when you’re talking about the Spanish press and English tabloids.