Liverpool have one of the strongest starting lineups around when the team is fully fit. The Reds have assembled a world beating squad, we just haven’t seen enough of it this term due to injuries. This summer we may need reinforcements right at the back. Liverpool should consider a swoop for Sam Johnstone with Adrian set to depart.
Adrian contract expiring
This summer will see Adrian leave the club after a stay of a couple of years.
The Spaniard joined on a free transfer from West Ham in 2019.
The move was part of a surprising summer transfer window for the Reds.
Hot on the heels of winning the Champions League the club were expected to invest heavily in order to begin building a dynasty.
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Instead we signed a couple of backup keepers and a couple of youth prospects.
Adrian was thrust into the limelight early on when he filled in for Alisson Becker in the Super Cup, saving a penalty to win the cup for the Reds.
Since then he’s had a tumultuous time at Anfield; he’s been regularly called into action due to Ali’s injuries.
These stints in goal have seen some wonderful performances and some calamitous displays.
The Spaniard has single handedly dumped us out of the Champions League and has put in a limp showing in a key FA Cup tie with Chelsea.
He’s also made costly errors against the likes of Aston Villa, setting the tone for the thumping at Villa Park.
Higher calibre replacement needed
The Reds need a proper cup keeper, a goalie of some quality.
We need a number two who we can rely on when Alisson is out for a week or two.
Pulses quickened whenever the Brazilian was absent this season.
This can’t be the case going forward, we need more reliability, perhaps even an element of competition.
Liverpool should consider Sam Johnstone
According to The Telegraph, West Brom are willing to let their coveted goalkeeper go for £20m if (when) they are relegated.
Liverpool should consider a move for Sam Johnstone should the opportunity arise.
There are allegedly plenty of clubs interested in him with Manchester United, Spurs and West Ham all plotting a move according to ESPN.
The 28-year-old has been impressive for the Baggies this term despite his side’s poor league positioning.
He also comes from good footballing stock having graduated from the Manchester United academy.
Johnstone is adept at saving penalties, has strong reflexes and an eye for a long pass to launch a counter. He certainly fits the bill.