Loris Karius’ two individual errors resulted in Liverpool suffering a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The German goalkeeper and Simon Mignolet are the two recognised goalkeepers at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has rotated Karius and the former Sunderland stopper in the 2017/18 season. Even before the Champions League final, there were talks that Liverpool will look to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer.
AS Roma star Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak were identified as the two potential targets. The latter has a release clause of €100m.
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo now claims Liverpool have identified Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen as a third target for goalkeeping position. The Dutch international moved to Camp Nou from Ajax in 2016 and this isn’t the first time he’s been linked to the Anfield club.
Ernesto Valverde has used Cillessen in only one La Liga and Champions League tie this season, with Marc-André ter Stegen preferred ahead of him in the two major competitions. The 29-year-old has been used in the cup competitions and has already stressed that he wants to play more regular football next season.
Barcelona have no intention to allow Cillessen to leave the club this summer, but he has a €60n release clause in his contract. Liverpool are unlikely to have a trouble matching the “affordable” release clause, if they are serious about signing him. He will cost €40m less than Oblak and will probably be a cheaper option than Roma’s Alisson.
Despite the Spanish claims, if Liverpool were to offer €30/40m+ then it’s hard to see Barca turning it down.