Friday, 19 December 2014

Petr Cech, Asmir Begovic and Mattia Perin are three goalkeepers Liverpool should go after in the January transfer window

Liverpool should try and sign Chelsea 
goalkeeper Petr Cech (Picture: PA Wire)
With the January transfer window approaching, Liverpool must make signing a new goalkeeper a priority.
Liverpool are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper, and this has become increasingly clear as the 2014/15 season has worn on.
This is something which manager Brendan Rodgers has seemingly recognised, as his recent dropping of his first choice Simon Mignolet for ‘an indefinite period,’ and the use of Brad Jones against both Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth has shown.
But who should the Reds pursue in the January transfer window?
Here are three goalkeeping targets Rodgers should consider in January.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13:  Asmir Begovic of Stoke City gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on December 13, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovi (Picture: Getty Images)
It has been suggested that Liverpool’s primary target before signing Mignolet in 2013 was Stoke City stopper Begovic, and the club should now revisit this interest.
The Bosnian possesses the shot-stopping ability that likely drew Rodgers to Mignolet, but this is paired with a confidence and vocal authority that has been missing in the Liverpool goal since Pepe Reina’s exit.
Furthermore, at 27, Begovic is yet to reach his prime, and would represent a long-term solution at the back for Liverpool.
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
An elder statesman compared to Mignolet and Begovic, Chelsea’s former No.1 Cech would be the perfect immediate solution to the Reds’ goalkeeping woes.
With Mignolet’s compatriot Thibaut Courtois having supplanted the 32-year-old at Stamford Bridge, Cech will surely be considering his options as the January transfer window approaches. The Czech stopper was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, but has made just two league appearances this term.
Confident, experienced and exceptionally agile, Cech would be a real statement signing by Rodgers, and a player Liverpool’s defence would respect.
Convincing Jose Mourinho to sell, however, is another matter entirely.
Mattia Perin (Genoa)
Genoa's goalkeeper Mattia Perin leaves the pitch after being shown a red card by referee Luca Banti during their Italian Serie A soccer match against AS Roma at Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Genoa’s goalkeeper Mattia Perin is a player the Reds should target (Picture: Reuters) 
If Liverpool to opt for a different approach entirely, a move for young Genoa’s Perin could be on the cards this January.
At just 22, Perin represents somewhat of a gamble for Rodgers, but could be one that pays off handsomely if the Italian continues his exciting development in a Liverpool shirt.
Already labelled the next Gianluigi Buffon, Perin has been impressing in Serie A with his shot-stopping ability and outstanding confidence.
Perin, along with the likes of FC Koln’s Timo Horn and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp, would represent a youthful risk by Rodgers, but one which could have David De Gea-style, long-term benefits.