The Mirror claim that Liverpool are once again looking at Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. The Reds reportedly wanted the 29-year-old back in 2014.

Liverpool need a new backup goalkeeper this summer, regardless of Alisson’s incredible reliability. The ever-professional Simon Mignolet will likely leave, as the Mirror says, and a replacement is needed.

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Hence the links with McCarthy, a goalkeeper who reportedly turned down Anfield in 2014. McCarthy began last season as Southampton’s first-choice, although lost that position in February and didn’t play again.

It would be, of course, a dull signing. It’s the sensible option, the one that makes sense – but also very uninspiring.

Would McCarthy play at all? Perhaps in the cups but you’d actually hope he doesn’t play a Premier League game.

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The exciting option would be to pay Jan Oblak’s release clause, naturally. But that’s also massively unrealistic and largely pointless – why do you need two world-class goalkeepers?

 

A more romantic choice would be to promote a goalkeeper from the youth set-up. It’s the decision Liverpool declined to take with Danny Ward but here’s another chance.

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But as nice as that would be, it’s too risky. Injury to Alisson, as unlikely as it may be, could be disastrous, forcing Liverpool to push on with a kid.

Instead, the safe, comfortable, sensible option for Liverpool is a player like McCarthy. As dull as it may seem. He could step in and offer decent cover in a worst-case scenario.

And that suits Liverpool best.

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