11 Dec 2015

Shock Transfer: Klopp wants 'fantastic' £75k-a-week Chelsea star who almost signed for Liverpool in 2013

In April 2013, Bosnian 'keeper Asmir Begovic admitted that he was 'happy' to be linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, but despite being strongly linked with the the Reds over the next two years, he ended up signing for Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp claims that Liverpool are not in the market for a new goalkeeper, but the speculation just keeps on coming, and new reports this week suggest that Begovic is back on the club's radar.

At one point during the summer of 2013, it seemed like a deal had already been concluded, when 'fantastic' Begovic told the reporters:

"I want to start preparing on July 10, with all the players of Liverpool”

For whatever reason, the deal fell through, but according to Thursday's edition of Gazetta Dello Sport:

"Liverpool is looking for a goalkeeper, and Begovic is back in contention as Mignolet does not provide the necessary guarantees".

Begovic vs. Mignolet This Season

* Begovic: 23 goals conceded in 19 apps (1 every 73 minutes)

* 7 clean sheets (1 every 2.7 games/1 every 240 mins)

* 1.2 goals conceded per game.

* Mignolet: 21 goals conceded in 21 apps (1 every 90 mins)

* 7 clean sheets (1 every 3 games/1 every 270 mins)

* Concedes 1 goal per game.

There's not much to choose between the two this season. Mignolet concedes slightly fewer goals, but Begovic achieves clean sheets on a more regular basis.

England legend Gordon Banks is a fan of Begovic (reportedly on £75k-a-week at Chelsea - and in a recent interview, he raved:

"First of all, let me say he's had a great season and I've said to a lot of people that he's definitely up there now with the top three goalkeepers in this country. He's terrific."

Begovic entered the Guiness Book of Records last season for scoring a goal from the longest ever distance in football association history (91.9 metres), but is he a better option than Mignolet?

Author: Jaimie K

Author: Jaimie K


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