Liverpool look increasingly likely to stick with Loris Karius as long-term No. 1 goalkeeper, with doubts cast over interest in Alisson and Jack Butland.
The Reds seemed set to spend big on another stopper in the summer transfer window as they reached the mid-season point, with Simon Mignolet remaining inconsistent.
AS Roma first choice Alisson, Stoke City‘s England international Butland and the imperious Jan Oblak, currently of Atletico Madrid, were all touted as likely targets.
But with the prospect of signing a new No. 1 in January decidedly slim, Jurgen Klopp made a bold move in replacing Mignolet with Karius.
The German has continued to improve in his new role, starting in 11 of the last 12 games, and his impressive form may well have changed Klopp’s plans.
According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, in a useful update on the Reds’ options between the sticks, Karius is “in the box seat to continue in that role” beyond the summer.
Pearce reports that though the Reds have scouted Alisson regularly and “rate him highly,” the combination of Karius’ strong displays and his £80 million price tag have altered their priorities.
“Liverpool have made contact with the representatives of Alisson to inform them not to expect a bid for the Roma ‘keeper,” he writes.
Furthermore, Pearce claims that they have “no intention of pursuing a deal” for Butland, who was reported as a £40 million target in a Mirror ‘exclusive’ just…