Liverpool boss targets £6.3m replacement for bumbling Belgian

Liverpool are eyeing Cologne custodian Timo Horn as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, according to reports in the Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian shot stopper has never truly been perceived as the calibre of ‘keeper required at a club such as Liverpool and came under further scrutiny with his howler against Bordeaux during the midweek Europa League clash.

The former Sunderland man inexplicably held on to the ball for 22 seconds before releasing it, breaking the ‘six second rule’, prompting the referee to award the French opposition an indirect free-kick, which they subsequently dispatched.

Now, reports suggest manager Jurgen Klopp has turned his attentions to his native Germany in an effort to add some stability between the sticks.

The 22-year old is one of the most exciting prospects in the Bundesliga, and is understood to have a £6.3m buyout clause inserted into his deal.

He represents a much cheaper option than Barcelona man Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, who had previously been linked with a move to Anfield.