18 Mar 2016

Transfer Update: After Liverpool scouting trip, Klopp wants 'excellent' €8m La Liga star

Last month, Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan, and it appears that the Reds are still monitoring the ex-Real Madrid 'stopper.

In March, Spanish newspaper AS claimed that Liverpool are 'leading the race' to sign Adan, and according to the Liverpool Echo this week:

"Liverpool continue to be linked with...Antonio Adan. The 28-year-old is a cult hero at [Betis] but his release clause raises doubts about his future".

When asked recently about Liverpool's interest, Betis Technical Secretary Alexis Trujillo admitted:

"Adan's €8m clause makes him a very attractive because he is an excellent goalkeeper. I am concerned about it and I wish he had a higher clause".

€8m is eminently affordable, but Adan is not convinced that any club will pay that fee. In a recent interview with Marca, he noted:

"It'll be difficult to have an offer of €8m for me. Clubs do not pay big money for goalkeepers, and I doubt they'll pay that for me".

Clearly, Adan has low self-belief, and Trujillo has also confirmed that:

"He [Adan] has terrible confidence in himself but he gives calmness to the rest of the team because he is enjoying a great moment."

Why are Liverpool even interested in this guy? The Reds need a strong, confident, commanding goalkeeper, not another shrinking violet, and signing a 'keeper with 'terrible confidence' seems counter-intuitive.

Additionally, Adan's minutes-per-goal conceded ratio is worse than Mignolet's, so he's clearly not the solution. The Reds need an upgrade on the Belgian, and Adan has all the hallmarks of yet another back-up goalkeeper.

Author: Jaimie K


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