Liverpool are interested in moving for Lazio gloveman Thomas Strakosha as a cheaper alternative to the £80 million-rated Alisson Becker.
Since Loris Karius’ nightmare Champions League final performance, Liverpool are once again looking for a shot-stopper and, with Simon Mignolet frustrated with his playing time, he also looks to be heading towards the exit door.
Now, after being priced out of a move Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Brazilian keeper Allison reportedly preferring Real Madrid, Lazio’s young Albanian shot stopper Thomas Strakosha is the latest name to be linked with taking the No.1 spot for the Reds.
Il Messaggero in Italy reported on Wednesday that Liverpool are interested in landing Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, with a fee of around €30million (£26m) mentioned.
Strakosha, 23, was born in Greece and joined Lazio from Panionios in 2012, and after a loan spell with Salernitana, he has become a regular for Lazio between the sticks.
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The Albanian, who stands at a towering 6’4, has now racked up more than 75 appearances for Lazio, has four senior international caps for his country and has emerged as one of the most promising goalkeepers in World football.
A reported £26m fee certainly presents less risk to the Reds compared to the reported £80m plus they would have to shell out for Oblak or Allison. Although the youngster could be good value, Jürgen Klopp might need a more proven goalkeeper than Strakosha to be the solution to Liverpool’s problems between the sticks.
In a 2017 interview, Strakosha stated that his main influences as a goalkeeper were his idols Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer, whom he tries to imitate on the pitch.
Strakosha is certainly in the mould of a modern day sweeper keeper and if he can reach anywhere near the standard of his idols, he would certainly be a long-term solution in what has been a problematic area for Liverpool over many years.