Liverpool could look to add to their goalkeeping ranks this January, according to reports, with a move for Belgian shot-stopper Guillaume Hubert mooted.
According to Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, this could see Klopp move for Standard Liege goalkeeper Hubert.
Hubert has benefited from the departure of Eiji Kawashima this season, with the 21-year-old promoted to a regular role in the Standard first team.
After an awful start to the season for first choice Yohann Thuram, with the Frenchman conceding 25 goals in 11 Jupiler Pro League games, Hubert has been made Yannick Ferrera’s No. 1 for the past six outings.
This has seen Standard concede just seven goals in six outings, with Hubert keeping a clean sheet in November’s 1-0 win at home to Anderlecht.
Hubert’s strong form is said to have ignited the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, with his current deal with Standard set to expire in 18 months.
Fifield reports that Liverpool, Swansea City and Aston Villa are all taking an interest in the 6’5″ custodian.
“Swansea have expressed an initial interest in securing him as a No2 to Lukasz Fabianski, aware that he could be signed for around £600,000 in January,” Fifield writes.
“[But] Liverpool are understood to be considering an attempt to secure him on a long-term contract before loaning him back to Standard to continue his development.”
Liverpool’s move could represent a more favourable option for Standard, similar to that which brokered Divock Origi‘s transfer from Lille in 2014—the Belgian striker spent the 2014/15 season on loan with his former club.
With Hubert unlikely to make an impact on the Premier League at this early stage, this would see Liverpool keeping an eye on the future.
Danny Ward should also be in line for a role on his return from Aberdeen.
This increases the pressure on current first choice, Mignolet, who has contributed a number of shaky performances between the sticks in recent weeks.
Interest in Hubert suggests that Klopp is at least considering his options.