The words Loris and Karius have never been used so much as they have in the last 48 hours, and reports today suggest that Liverpool are stepping up their hunt for a replacement.
The German had done an excellent job of finally nailing down his place as Liverpool’s undisputed number one over the last six months or so, with Simon Mignolet’s last outing for the Reds coming all the way back in January.
While not many Liverpool fans believed that Karius was the long term solution to their goalkeeping woes, the 24-year-old’s performance in Kiev on Saturday night seemingly ended his career in two brief, yet horrifically calamitous moments.
While there was nothing he could do to stop Gareth Bale’s amazingly acrobatic bicycle kick, he was certainly at fault for Real Madrid’s other two goals.
With Karius now public enemy number one on the red half of Merseyside, Liverpool are being linked with three top class goalkeepers to come in and replace him.
They have been linked with Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a number of months, and according the Mirror, they are ready to step up their interest in the Brazilian stopper. However, Roma are thought to still be unhappy at allowing Mo Salah to move to Anfield for what looks like a bargain price of £38 million. Rumours have put Alisson’s valuation at around the £60-£70 million mark.
The report also claims that they are interested in signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The Slovenian international would also command a hefty transfer fee, with his release clause currently being set at £80 million.
Meanwhile, La Repubblica in Italy claim that Liverpool are also eyeing a potential move for AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian is likely to be the cheapest option of the three, with the Serie A side potentially having to sell players after failing to qualify for the Champions League next season.