27 Apr 2017

Great News: Liverpool keen to sign 'extraordinary' €20m Real Madrid star; deal was close in 2015

Liverpool 'keeper Simon Mignolet is currently in a period of good form, but new reports this week suggest that Jurgen Klopp remains unconvinced by the Belgian, and is actively looking for a replacement.

According to Spanish newspaper Don Balon:

* Liverpool are considering a move for 'extraordinary' Real Madrid stopper Keylor Navas, who may be usurped this summer by David De Gea.

* Roma and PSG are also tracking Navas, who is currently Madrid's number-one 'keeper.

Prior to signing for Madrid, Liverpool were regularly linked with €20m-rated Navas:

* Feb 2014: The The Mirror reported that LFC scouts had delivered 'rave reviews' about Navas' performances.

* Mar 2014: Marca reported that the Reds 'made an enquiry' about Navas.

* Feb 2015: Multiple reports claimed that Liverpool were 'finalising a deal' to sign Navas.

* May 2015: The Mirror insisted that Liverpool wanted Navas as a replacement for Mignolet.

If this story is true, it's great news as it means Klopp is not fooled by Mignolet's 'resurgence'. Every season, the Belgian goes through several periods of good form, but these are punctuated by inevitable mistakes, and the uncertainty that comes with a 'keeper who regularly induces panic.

Mignolet fooled Rodgers, who ended up paying the price, and with any luck, Klopp won't make the same mistake. Is Navas an upgrade, though?

* Navas: 83 GC in 90 apps (One every 98 mins). 32 clean sheets (35% of games). Averages 2.7 saves per game (One every 34 mins)

* Mignolet: 205 GC in 176 apps (One every 78 mins). 55 clean sheets (27% of games). Averages 2.4 saves per game (One every 37 mins).

Primary stats show that Navas is a clear upgrade, but to be honest, I don't believe for a second that Klopp is planning to replace Mignolet. Based on his recent comments about having the 'highest quality goalkeepers', I'm sure he'll start next season with Mignolet as the club's number-one...

And history will repeat itself.


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