Liverpool have wasted no time in getting themselves onto the market for a new back up goalkeeper after their humiliating display at Villa Park on Sunday. The Reds were torn apart by a relentless Dean Smith side, leaving a title-winning defence looking exposed.
The reigning champions were without Alisson, and deputy Adrian was quickly exposed by Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish. Their hefty defeat makes them the first holding Premier League winners to concede seven goals in 67 years – certainly not something Jurgen Klopp wants to have tied to him.
It seems Michael Edwards has been working through the night as Liverpool have identified Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga as a potential deadline day target (via Kevin Palmer).
The report claims that young Anfield shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher could be set for a loan spell in order to earn some valuable first team football. With Gazzaniga also dropping down the pecking order at Spurs following the arrival of Joe Hart, a move to Merseyside could be on the cards. The 28-year-old is currently valued at just £2.5million by Transfermarkt, which could entice Edwards into opening talks before the transfer window closes.
After a poor stint in the net at Villa Park, Adrian has once again shown the gulf in quality between him and Liverpool’s No.1. His 2019/20 season saw him make three costly errors which led to an opposition goal, including his poor performances in both the FA Cup and Champions League.
With Alisson out for a predicted 4-6 weeks, Liverpool will be under fire from any opponent who watched how easily Aston Villa carved open their defence. As highlighted by Sofascore, Adrian’s biggest weakness is error proneness, which simply isn’t good enough for a side looking to retain their Premier League title.
Gazzaniga enjoyed a spell with Southampton prior to his eventual move to north London, so he is well-equipped in handling Premier League pressure. As the hours count down, Liverpool must do what they can to push through a move for the Argentina international and immediately deploy him in Alisson’s absence. For a side very much about building a squad for the future, they must recruit for the present or risk being derailed in another title race.