When Liverpool released goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi on a free transfer in the summer of 2013, few would have predicted how his career would’ve turned out.
This was already impressive for a man who’s time at Liverpool was dominated by loan spells to the likes of Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City but in his five years at Leipzig, he has established himself as one of the best in the business.
The 30-year-old, who is valued at £9.9 million, has made 189 appearances for Die Roten Bullen ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, in which he has conceded 221 goals and kept 57 clean sheets (per Transfermarkt).
Gulacsi has also made 36 caps for his country and showed his class in the Bundesliga last season, as Julian Nagelsmann’s side conceded just 34 goals in 32 games while he was in net, with him also keeping 10 clean sheets (per Transfermarkt).
The former Liverpool man, who earns €30,000 (£27,000) a week at Leipzig, also helped the Bundesliga side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were eventually defeated 3-0 by PSG, so he now has experience at the very highest level.
Considering Liverpool’s goalkeeping struggles in recent years, with Loris Karius’ Reds career ended in one fell swoop after a disastrous performance in the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid, whilst Adrian has earned a lot of critics since joining as a back-up to Alisson, it could be argued that the Merseyside club would have been better served by putting their faith in Gulacsi when he was younger.
Back in 2009, Rafael Benitez was full of praise for the shot-stopper, calling him “fantastic” and suggesting that he was very happy with his development (per HITC) but eventually the club decided that he wasn’t worth keeping in 2013, in a decision which they must surely now regret.