29 Oct 2014

Agent Confirms: Liverpool want 'incredible' star with amazing stats to replace £9m misfit. Sign?

After the apparent collapse of LFC's move for Victor Valdes, the Reds are back in the market for a new goalkeeper, and the Agent of FC Cologne star Timo Horn has confirmed that Liverpool are interesting in signing the 21-year old German 'keeper'.

According to the Liverpool Echo this week, and German football magazine Kicker, Horn is one of five goalkeepers Liverpool 'could target' during the January transfer window.

When specifically asked today about Liverpool's interest, Horn's agent Volker Struth told Kicker:

"It's just normal that the youngest Bundesliga keeper is monitored by clubs abroad"

Some info about Horn:

* 6'4 goalkeeper in his third season at FC Cologne.
* 27 apps for various German youth teams.
* Conceded only 7 goals in 9 games this season, equalling Bayern's 50 year record.
* Helped Cologne set a new goals-conceded record for a newly promoted team.
* 6 clean sheets in 10 games overall this season.
* Recently went 365 minutes without conceding a goal.
* Tuesday: Saved 2 penalties against MSV Duisburg.
* Current contract expires in 2016.

Horn may be only 21, but his goalkeeping stats are stunning:

* Last season: Conceded only 20 goals in 35 games for Cologne.
* That's only 1 goal conceded every 1.75 games.
* Achieved 18 clean sheets along the way (over 50% of games)
* Overall (last season and current) - 27 goals conceded in last 45 apps.
* 26 clean sheets overall.

26 clean sheets in 45 games? That's a clean sheet in in almost 60% of games, which is amazing, especially for a 21-year old goalkeeper.

Cologne are understandably desperate to keep hold of Horn (!), however, and are currently working on a new deal for the youngster. This week, Sporting director Jorg Schmadkte told reporters:

"We are in good talks [with Horn] and hope to reach an agreement before the winter break,"

Cologne boss Peter Stoger is also hopeful Horn will sign a new deal. In September he enthused:

"He [Horn] does an incredible job. I would be happy if he stays, it would be a good platform for him to develop."

Of all the goalkeepers linked with Liverpool recently, none have such fantastic goals conceded/clean sheets stats. One thing's for sure, Horn is light-years ahead of Mignolet when it comes to performing his primary role, which is stopping goals form being scored.

I've checked the stats of Europe's top goalkeepers, and the only one who comes close to Horn this season is Manuel Neuer: 4 goals conceded in 13 games; 7 clean sheets. Neuer is arguably the world's best, though, and he's more experienced, so he should be achieving those kind of figures.

Worth a bid?



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