Mignolet, Karius Set for Axe, Woodburn Goes to Sheffield
Jurgen Klopp seems a very serious person when he comes down to business. He’s on very friendly terms with his players, but there is a ruthless streak in him, a necessary trait of any successful manager in the world of football. Goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are set to feel it first-hand.
With the signing of Alisson Becker for a world-record goalkeeper fee there can’t be any sensible doubt as to who the No.1 will be this season. Having been permanently benched in January, Mignolet expressed doubts over his Liverpool future pretty much immediately, and no blame to him for that. Being 30, with enough experience and unlikely to improve, he has no time to waste in being anybody’s understudy.
Karius seems completely unable to recover from the psychological consequences of his Champions League final mistakes, not to mention the abuse he received for it in the aftermath. Like Mignolet, he also spoke about his future possibly lying elsewhere after the arrival of Alisson, revealing a level of frustration at not being told the Brazilian was coming.
And now, John Percy of The Telegraph reports that Liverpool are prepared to part ways with both ‘keepers. Mignolet is a target for both Besiktas and Barcelona, but given the reason of his apparent desire to leave Anfield, it’s hard to imagine him going to Catalonia where he would certainly be behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the pecking order. The Reds want around £12million for the Belgian who has been withdrawn from the training camp in France, and it seems a fair price all things considered.
Bayer Leverkusen have sold Bernd Leno to Arsenal and The Telegraph understand they’ve put Karius on their list of potential replacements for the new Gunner in gloves.
Ben Woodburn was close to a loan move to Aston Villa, but Klopp has apparently judged that a spell with Sheffield United would be more beneficial for the development of the Wales international. He has already completed a medical and the move is set to be finalized very soon.
…welcome to the Lane @BenWoodburn ???
➡️ Full details of his loan move… https://t.co/NMR0EiLgME
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) August 1, 2018