11 May 2016

Chance for Klopp: 'Fantastic' €48k-a-week Liverpool target confirms he's 'always wanted' transfer to the Prem. Sign?

Earlier this season, Liverpool were strongly linked with a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez, and with a new goalkeeper (arguably) a priority this summer, Lopez has confirmed that he wants a transfer to the Premier League.

In December, Calciomercato claimed that FSG had sanctioned a Lopez swap-deal with Mario Balotelli. Soon after, Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport claimed:

"Premier League teams are interested in [Lopez] and Liverpool are leading the pack".

When asked this week about the possibility of moving to England, Lopez told ESPN:

"I always wanted to play in the Premier League...and time is running out. I am not closing any doors at all. In summer we will look at the options with my family."

Some info about Lopez:

* Current contract expires: June 2018. Reportedly on €48k-a-week at Milan.

* Hasn't played for Milan since being usurped in October by 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma (That's gotta hurt!)

* A.C. Milan: 56 goals conceded in 37 games (1.5 per game). 6 clean sheets (16% of games/1 every 6 games)

* Villareal/Real Madrid: 371 goals conceded in 303 games (1.2 per game). 92 clean sheets (30% of games/1 every 3.2 games).

* Real Madrid goalkeeping coach Villiam Vecchi's assessment: "He [Lopez] hates letting in goals. I've seen him get angry in training when someone scores. He's one of the best keepers I've ever worked with. He's good with his feet, and really good in the air. His best attribute is his reflexes".

Lopez appears to have regressed since his time in La Liga, and based on his current stats, he is not an upgrade on Simon Mignolet (who averages 1.2 goals conceded per game). As such, I personally don't see the point of bringing the Spaniard to Anfield (even if it does allow the Reds to get rid of Balotelli).

Should Liverpool reignite interest in Lopez this summer?

Author: Jaimie K


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