13 Feb 2017

Klopp's Next Transfer? Liverpool face Arsenal battle to sign 'fantastic' £30m title winner.

Who should Liverpool sign to replace Simon Mignolet?

The Reds have been linked with a number of goalkeepers over the last year, and a familiar name keeps popping into the conversation. According to Sky Sports over the weekend:

"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".

Liverpool were last linked with Schmeichel in January, and at the time, Claudio Ranieri insisted:

"We won't sell Kasper under any circumstances. We don't need money. No chance. Liverpool can win the title without Kasper."

According to Sky Sports £30m-rated Schmeichel will 'almost certainly' leave Leicester if the Foxes are relegated, which is fair enough, and only to be expected.

Schmeichel's stats at Leicester:

* 281 goals conceded in 167 games (One every 78 mins)

* 54 clean sheets (One every 267 mins)

Mignolet's stats at Liverpool:

* 193 goals conceded in 244 games (One every 78 mins)

* 82 clean sheets (One every 281 mins)

Schmeichel's primary stats are not much better than Mignolets, but like his famous father, Schmeichel is - according to Ranieri - a 'fantastic leader, and a vocal presence between the sticks, two qualities Liverpool desperately need at the back. Indeed, 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. Is Schmeichel a viable option?


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