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Jan Oblak, Jasper Cillessen and what Liverpool could do next after Alisson

Jan Oblak, Jasper Cillessen and what Liverpool could do next after Alisson
13 Jun
2:23

The position of goalkeeper has always been held in great esteem at Liverpool.

Back in the days when mobile phones were the stuff of science fiction, telephones were still rare and the internet would have simply blown minds, communication was often by telegram.

The Reds went by the distinctive address ‘Goalkeeper’, a nod to the importance of the role.

While the technology has changed, the man with the gloves remains as pivotal as ever.

And that is an issue Jurgen Klopp is likely to address this summer.

Simon Mignolet is expected to depart, and with long-linked Roma shot-stopper Alisson Becker preferring a move to Real Madrid, Liverpool could ponder several options for bolstering between the sticks.

Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid
Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid
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If Roma’s reputed 80million euro valuation of Alisson was eye-watering, then Atletico Madrid aren’t taking any chances with a reported £80million release clause in Oblak’s contract.

Anyone meeting that fee would make the Slovenian the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Mind you, it could be argued he’s worth it. Oblak conceded only 28 goals in 49 games this season, and he’s kept 93 clean sheets in 162 games for Atleti. Ridiculous, really.

Jack Butland

Jack Butland of Stoke City
Jack Butland of Stoke City
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The England international will be seeking pastures new this summer following Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has long been touted as a potential top-rate shot-stopper, but has yet to be tested at the elite level.

His confidence, though, may not be at its highest, having conceded 63 goals in 36 games this season while keeping just six clean sheets.

Nick Pope

Nick Pope of Burnley
Nick Pope of Burnley
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The Burnley goalkeeper hadn’t played in the Premier League before this season.

But since he stepped in for the injured Tom Heaton during the Clarets’ win over Crystal Palace in September, he has remained an ever-present, keeping 12 clean sheets in helping Sean Dyche’s side qualify for the Europa League.

Now Pope is with the England squad in Russia ahead of the World Cup. Quite the turnaround.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan
Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan
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The 19-year-old has been linked with a move away from AC Milan for some time, although that smells a bit of manoeuvring for a new contract.

Nobody doubts the teenager, who made his Milan debut aged just 16, will become one of the world’s leading goalkeepers if he continues his progress.

But one sticking point to a deal for Donnarumma is that his agent is Mino Raiola, a man who labelled Klopp ‘a piece of s***’ in 2016. Bit rude, that.

Jasper Cillessen

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
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Almost on a daily basis, reports emanate from Spain suggesting Liverpool are nearing a deal for the Barcelona man.

Cillessen wants out at Camp Nou due to a lack of game time, with the 29-year-old featuring just 11 times this term.

Barcelona, though, reportedly will only let the player leave if his 60m euro release clause is met.

Loris Karius

Loris Karius of Liverpool
Loris Karius of Liverpool
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Of course, one option for Klopp is not to bring in a new goalkeeper at all.

The Reds boss threw his weight behind Karius in January as his number one and was rewarded with a series of improved displays, up until the German’s Champions League final nightmare in Kiev.

Source: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/jan-oblak-jasper-cillessen-what-14775255

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