Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow is said to be unsettled at the club following his excellent start to the season.
With first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka injured, Darlow had the chance to begin the season as the Magpies’ No 1.
He took his chance and ran with it. He was superb for the first few months of the campaign, with many tipping him as an early favourite to feature in the PFA Team of the Year.
Even though Dubravka regained fitness in December, it was the end of February before he managed to wrestle back his spot in the side.
The Athletic have claimed that this decision angered the Newcastle squad. While Dubravka has been excellent for the side since signing, Darlow did little to warrant being dropped.
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It is quite clear that the 30-year-old is too good to be Newcastle’s sub goalkeeper.
This, combined with the unrest over his being dropped, may see him seek a move away this summer.
And Liverpool should be one of the teams at the front of the queue for his signature.
Darlow would be the perfect Allison deputy
Liverpool have seen an unbelievable drop-off all over the pitch this season. Goalkeeper Alisson has been one of the key culprits.
It is by no means his fault, as the Brazilian has had to deal with the tragic death of his father and not being able to return to his homeland in the aftermath. It would have had a huge effect on anyone.
But there can be no denying that he has made mistakes that he never would have made before. Part of the reason that he was the best ‘keeper in the world was the fact that he was basically error-free.
Alisson has also suffered from a few separate injuries this season, which have hindered him further. As far as goalkeepers go, he is quite injury-prone.
Caoimhin Kelleher stepped in for four games in the league and Champions League. He looked solid but is still a young, unknown quantity.
He has not been seen on the bench ever since his last start in February. The 22-year-old is believed to have picked up an abdominal injury, but the club have said very little about it.
Adrian will likely leave this summer. So, there will be an opening for a new signing between the sticks.
An experienced, homegrown player is often the ideal deputy ‘keeper.
Darlow has decent post-shot xG numbers meaning that he is a good shot-stopper. He is also competent with the ball at his feet and good in the air.
He is by no means good enough to be Liverpool’s No 1, but Alisson should come back better than ever next season.
If he does continue to pick up injuries, then Karl Darlow would be the perfect man to cover him.
He has proved a number of times this season that he can have outstanding one-off games. That is all he would need to produce at Liverpool.