17 Feb 2017

Message to Klopp: 61% of fans want Liverpool to sign 'fantastic' £30m powerhouse. Done deal this summer?

Liverpool are currently linked with a summer move for Leicester 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel, but what do Liverpool fans think about the possibility of a deal?

On Monday, Sky Sports claimed:

"Liverpool and Arsenal will go head-to-head to sign Kasper Schmeichel in the summer. Jurgen Klopp will move to sign him after inconsistent play from current options".

Soon after, UK bookmakers installed Liverpool as 2-1 favourites to sign £30m-rated Schmeichel, and Reds fans appear to be in favour of the deal. I conducted a poll this week asking fans if Liverpool should sign 'fantastic' Schmeichel. The result:

* 61% of participating fans voted YES to the transfer.

Schmeichel literally has the same stats as Simon Mignolet (both have conceded a goal every 78 minutes), but a better comparison may be last season, when Schmeichel was at the top of his game.

* Schmeichel: 40 goals conceded in 40 apps (One every 90 mins). 15 clean sheets (One every 240 mins)

* Mignolet: 59 goals conceded in 55 apps (One every 85 mins). 20 clean sheets (One every 250 mins)

Again, Schmeichel's primary stats are not much better than Mignolet's, but like his Manc father, Schmeichel is - according to Ranieri - a 'fantastic leader, and a vocal presence at the back, two qualities Liverpool desperately need. Last month, Leicester defender Wes Morgan enthused:

"He [Schmeichel] is very vocal and is always on our cases to make sure that we are in the right positions".

I've never heard a Liverpool player say the same about Simon Mignolet. £30m is an unrealistic transfer fee, but if Leicester get relegated (or finish very low in the table), their bargaining position will be reduced as Schmeichel will almost certainly want to leave.


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