The transfer window slammed shut on Thursday evening at last allowing teams across England and Wales to take stock of their squad and build towards the season ahead.
While each of the top sides were in action with their transfers in and out, one side yet again stayed quiet in a very specific position. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool hit the headlines for signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal on deadline day, but they remain incredibly reluctant to sign a new goalkeeper.
Their current options between the sticks are Belgian Simon Mignolet and German Loris Karius. While both goalkeepers have had their moments of glory, they have been far outweighed by mistakes that have defined their time at Anfield.
The two have been targeted by the opposition constantly, with their lethargy over kicking, lack of physical and mental dominance in the box, poor handling of the ball and awful decision making causing the two to become quite interchangeable. However, unlike swapping between two top quality goalkeepers, neither the manager nor the fans seem happy to see either make the team sheet.
Mignolet has been dropped from #LFC‘s squad today, despite having no injury/illness.
Barca going after ANOTHER Liverpool player?! pic.twitter.com/59jTtujEWp
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) 27 August 2017
For the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, one of the first names on the team sheets are Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris and David de Dea respectively. It wouldn’t be ridiculous to assume that Klopp has a very hard time deciding between his two goalkeepers though, and not because they are competing at such a high level.
In truth, the position the two have chosen was always going to force them to receive excessive criticism, and their struggle have been exemplified by the fact Klopp has continually refused to bring in a better goalkeeper.
Indeed, Mignolet was ‘rested’ against Arsenal last weekend, although most agree that this was a thinly veiled lie considering he is on international duty over the next two weeks. Karius took his place and was almost caught in possession three times as he almost gave Arsenal a way back into the game a number of times.
“Gigi Buffon is 60 and he plays every game.”
– Thierry Henry on Mignolet being rested. ?? pic.twitter.com/9shoRgNOBU
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) 27 August 2017
It seems that no matter what Klopp does, he will have problems between the sticks. He has allowed yet another transfer window to pass him by.