Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been a widely discussed subject of late and the Mirror have provided an interesting update, suggesting that Manchester City’s Joe Hart wants to join the Reds when his loan spell at Torino comes to and end.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) 31 December 2016
In what was one of the shock moves of the summer of 2016, Hart left Man City after being deemed surplus to requirements under Pep Guardiola and joined Serie A side Torino on loan. He has since had an up and down time in Italy, and it seems that his aim is to return to English football, where he’s, despite his recent form, unlikely to find suitors in short supply. Indeed, Liverpool have been aligned with the stopper of late, and the Mirror now claim that the 68-cap Three Lions star is keen on the prospect of moving to Anfield.
Hart is understood to be hopeful that Man City will respect his wishes should the Reds come in for him, even though the two teams are current title rivals and may well be in a similar position again in 2017/18.
As the stats, prior to Torino’s most recent league match vs. Genoa (a 1-0 win) show, Hart has had a pretty decent time abroad so far…
Liverpool’s current goalkeeper situation is not one people envisaged when Loris Karius joined the club from Mainz over the summer. The German, who was injured in pre-season, was widely tipped to be the No.1 to ease growing concerns surrounding Simon Mignolet’s error-prone performances, but he failed to convince, and two awful performances vs. Bournemouth and West Ham in quick succession saw him bombed out by Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s recent trip to Middlesbrough. Since then, the Belgian has conceded just once in four straight wins, and appears to be back to his best.
However, Klopp’s willingness to replace him with Karius when the summer signing returned to fitness earlier this season hints that he has reservations about his current first choice stopper, so there’s every chance he will look to replace him at some stage in 2017.