26 Oct 2015

Anfield-Bound? Klopp wants 'miracle' £10m star who called Liverpool a 'great club'. Replace Mignolet?

Earlier this year, Liverpool were linked with a move for Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, and with the Reds still (arguably) in need of a replacement for Simon Mignolet, the Italian 'stopper has all but confirmed (again) that LFC were interested.

In March, Daily Mail claimed that Liverpool were 'watching' Sportiello.

Soon after, £10m-rated Sportiello appeared to confirm Liverpool's interest, when told Italian newspaper L'Eco di Bergamo:

"Liverpool are definitely a great club - one of the top clubs in the world. However, I am happy to be here. This is my first year as a starter and I recently signed a new contract with Atalanta"

On Saturday, Italian newspaper La Gazetta Dello Sport claimed that Liverpool are 'contemplating a January move' for Sportiello, and when asked about this, the 23-year old hinted that a transfer may be a possibility:

"They had me joining Ajax, Stuttgart, Roma and even Liverpool but...I feel at home in Bergamo. I've worn this jersey for seven years and arriving in Serie A was fantastic. We'll see what happens in the future."

Sportiello: Primary Stats for Atalanta

* 68 goals conceded in 51 games (1.3 goals per games - 1 every 67 mins)

* 14 clean sheets (19% of games - 1 every 5 apps)

* Saves: 191 (3.7 saves per game - 1 every 24 mins)

Creditable stats overall, but how does Sportiello - described by ex-Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuolo as a 'miracle' goalkeeper' - compare to Simon Mignolet?

Mignolet: Primary Stats for Liverpool

* 129 goals conceded in 107 games (1.2 goals per game - 1 every 75 mins)

* 32 clean sheets (29% of games - 1 every 4 apps)

* Saves: 240 (2.2 saves per game - 1 every 40 mins)

There's no point signing someone with worse primary stats than Mignolet.

A manifestly better goalkeeper need to replace the Belgian, and of the current reported options, Timo Horn is a superior choice:

Horn: Primary Stats for FC Koln

* 111 goals conceded in 117 games (0.9 goals per game - 1 every 95 mins)

* 48 clean sheets (41% of games - 1 every 4 apps)

* Saves: 240 (2.2 saves per game - 1 every 40 mins)

Author: Jaimie K



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