Brad Jones’ unconvincing performance against Bournemouth on Wednesday raised further doubts about Liverpool’s goalkeeping options. We look at 10 potential signings that could come in during the January transfer window.
Jones’ display was one of the few negatives from the win over Bournemouth, with poor distribution on show and another goal scored which he should have done better with, following the three conceded at Old Trafford.
Is Jones really a better option than Mignolet? It’s doubtful.
Liverpool are unlikely to make many signings in January, but they will seek a goalkeeper. We find 10 realistic options who could provide either short-term or long-term solutions for The Reds.
Cech is being kept out of the Chelsea side because of the brilliance of Thibaut Courtois, but he remains one of the best in the world in his position.
The 32-year-old would be the perfect signing for the Reds, and could have a similar effect on the team that Edwin van der Sar did at Manchester United when he joined during his older footballing years.
Of course, persuade Jose Mourinho to sell may be difficult, but The Reds are reportedly keen on exploring a loan move which may be a little more viable.
Begovic was reportedly close to joining the Reds back in 2012, but they opted for Mignolet instead. In hindsight, it was a dreadful decision.
Despite not always hitting his most convincing form for Stoke City this season, the 27-year-old Bosnia international is one of the Premier League‘s standout goalkeepers. His general presence and consistency would make such a difference to Liverpool’s leaky rearguard.
The young Italian has been earmarked as Gianluigi Buffon’s replacement for the Azzurri for a while now, and he is a player with huge potential.
The 22-year-old Genoa would be open to a move to one of the biggest clubs around, and he could prove to be an exciting long-term option at Anfield.
Romero was excellent for Argentina at the World Cup in the summer, and was the hero in the semi-final penalty shootout triumph over Holland.
The 27-year-old, who is currently at Sampdoria, has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past, and would be a definite upgrade on the Reds’ current goalkeeping duo.
Ryan is another who enjoyed a highly impressive World Cup, despite Australia’s early exit.
The 22-year-old Club Brugge star is very highly-rated in Belgium, and his terrific distribution is a particular strength. He is young and has huge potential, which ticks two of FSG’s and Rodgers’ transfer boxes.
Ochoa has been strongly linked with a move to Merseyside in recent days, with the Express even claiming a deal had been agreed.
The Mexican number one was superb in Brazil in the summer, but he has found himself down the pecking order at Malaga this season. Whether he’s the answer is debatable.
If Liverpool were to spend money signing him, it would certainly call in to question why they didn’t sign him on a free in the summer.
The 28-year-old Spaniard has been linked with an £8 million move to Liverpool in recent months.
Casilla made his Spain debut in a friendly against world champions Germany last month, highlighting his pedigree and continued improvement. He is just coming into his prime.
Like many of the ‘keepers on this list, there have been rumours of Neto moving to Liverpool in the last few months, and the Fiorentina star would be a shrewd signing by Rodgers.
The 25-year-old’s contract runs out next summer, which makes a January move for the Brazilian more likely.
Horn is part of a superb young batch of German goalkeepers, including Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and although the 21-year-old is relatively inexperienced, he would be a terrific capture.
The FC Koln starlet has been performing excellently for the Bundesliga club, and made his first-team debut while still in his teens. He has played at every youth team level for Germany, and it’s a matter of time before he is handed his senior debut.
The former Barcelona man is still a free agent, and although his rumoured move to Anfield collapsed back in October, Liverpool could still resurrect the deal once he’s proven his fitness.
The 32-year-old may be a little rusty, but he remains a top class ‘keeper with plenty of years ahead of him still. He is particularly good on the ball, unlike Jones and Mignolet, which would surely appeal to Rodgers.
A short term deal could see us through to the end of the season at least.