Liverpool watched Ugurcan Cakir in action for Turkey today, according to reports. The goalkeeper kept out Erling Haaland in an emphatic win.
Turkey smashed Norway 3-0 in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday. They took a 2-0 lead inside half an hour, added a third before the hour mark and called it a day.
It’s a huge win against one of Europe’s most-promising young sides. Both Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard started for Norway but neither found a way through the Turkish defence.
Now, before Reds get too excited, Ozan Kabak only played four minutes – he wasn’t the reason, here. We’ll just continue to get excited about his performance against Belgium, instead.
But another notable star played. Ugurcan Cakir played the full 90 in goal for Turkey, with Liverpool reportedly watching.
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Asist Analiz, a Turkish outlet, claimed this week that the Reds were sending scouts to watch Cakir against Norway. They see him as an ideal Adrian replacement.
Well, Liverpool couldn’t have come away with a negative impression, that much is for sure. Unfortunately, a lot of that is because Cakir didn’t have to do much.
Norway had 13 shots but only one actually hit the target. It meant Cakir finished the game with one save and one claim – but that was it.
Which is a shame, of course. Liverpool will have hoped that Haaland v Cakir was the perfect time to judge the goalkeeper. Instead, they won’t be able to read much into this performance.
Still, a clean sheet against a player in such ridiculous goal-scoring form certainly doesn’t hurt. But if Liverpool do want Cakir, they’ll want to see a lot more than this.
And that’ll have to come in the Super Lig. Turkey don’t play another top team until the Euros this summer. We imagine Liverpool want to have their minds made up far before that.
Wait and see on this one, then, as with so many others.