12 Dec 2014

Confirmed: LFC 'in contact' with €20m star. Transfer is a strong 'possibility'. Next signing?

Another day, another goalkeeper linked with a move to Liverpool, and the newest name to enter the maelstrom of LFC transfer speculation is Genoa 'stopper Mattia Perin.

Speaking to Rai Sport today, Mattia's agent, Moreno Roggi, confirmed that Liverpool have enquired about the 22-year old Italian, and revealed the purported transfer fee:

"England? It's a possibility. We have been in contact with Liverpool [and] for Perin I can only imagine a future abroad.

"He is worth €15m or €20m, but only clubs from abroad can afford a goalkeeper that €20m".

Some info about Perin:

* Current contract expires in June 2017.
* 54 appearances for Genoa.
* Two loan spells in the last three years.
* One appearance for the Italy national team.
* Included in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.


* Genoa: 66 goals conceded in 54 apps (1.2 per game)
* 17 clean sheets (31% of games)

* Pescara (Serie B Loan): 66 goals conceded in 30 apps (2.2 per game)
* 5 clean sheets (16% of games)

* Padova (Serie B Loan): 39 goals conceded in 25 apps (1.5 per game)
* 5 clean sheets (20% of games)

* TOTALS: 168 goals conceded in 109 apps (1.5 per game)
* 27 clean sheets (24% of games. One every 4 apps)

Statistically, Perin is clearly not an upgrade on Simon Mignolet, whose Liverpool stats are very similar:

* 83 goals conceded in 62 games (1.4 per game)
* 14 clean sheets (23% of games. One every 4.4 games)

€20m for a goalkeeper who has a worse record than Mignolet? You're having a laugh, and Perin's agent is being wildly optimistic (to the point of delusion) if he genuinely believes that a top club will pay that amount of money for an inexperienced goalkeeper.



  1. Liverpool will never learn the same old mistakes it is highly likely they would sell Mignolet at a loss who cares about that, but sign Mignolet mark 2 for twice Mignolets original price.

  2. Clean sheets and number of goals conceded per game is by no means relevant when comparing keepers and analyzing goalkeepers. Those stats are extremely dependent on what league they are playing in and what team they are playing in.

    You need to access his distribution under pressure, his ability to collect crosses and command the erea, his communicational skills and coworking with his defense... Stuff like that.

    Just comparing the number of clean sheets and goals conceded - i think that is far to easy. Why would anybody need a scout? Based on that logic i could find a keeper far superior to Mingolet in the Danish 2. division (sometimes i actually believe i could) just looking at the league tables and results list and appearence records.

    About Perin... I've only heard his name.

  3. Why can't Liverpool find a decent enough goalkeeper when all our rivals have top class goalkeepers in their ranks?
    Haven't seen Perin play so can't make a judgement on him but i would personally like to see us go for Begovic who is everything we need in a goalkeeper.