With much of Liverpool’s fan base currently unhappy with the club’s options in goal – Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius – they will not be too pleased to learn that one of the Reds’ transfer targets for the position looks to have been ruled out.
While rumours have been aplenty regarding Joe Hart potentially moving to Merseyside, Friday’s news concerns the Premier League champion’s stopper, Kasper Schmeichel.
The Daily Star claim that the Anfield outfit want the Denmark international, but Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is adamant they will not get their man.
“He is under contract and we won’t sell him under any circumstances,” said Ranieri.
“Not even big money. We don’t need the money. There’s no chance.
“I’m sorry for Liverpool but they can win the title without Kasper.”
Much like Jurgen Klopp’s utterances around a potential swoop for Arsenal man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Thursday, Ranieri is leaving little to interpretation with this one.
With this option seemingly at an impasse, the Reds will still need to find a goalkeeper worthy of this team. Manchester United have David de Gea, Chelsea have Thibaut Courtois, but it seems the missing piece of the jigsaw for Klopp’s men if they are to win the title is a truly world-class stopper.
It is something every side needs to win a title, and at the moment Liverpool simply don’t have one. Karius may yet prove any doubters wrong but Mignolet has had enough chances to prove his worth.
Any deal for Schmeichel looks extremely unlikely now, but the Merseysiders must move for someone else in January to have any hope of lifting the Premier League trophy aloft.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena