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A new deputy goalkeeper could be high on Liverpool’s transfer agenda this summer if Adrian rejects a new contract, according to reports. The 34-year-old has been offered fresh terms at Anfield but could seek a new challenge.
Adrian has had a difficult 12 months under Jurgen Klopp, momentarily falling behind 22-year-old academy graduate Caoimhin Kelleher in the goalkeeping pecking order during Alisson Becker’s absence towards the end of last year.
The Spaniard regained his place as no 2, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 Premier League win over Sheffield United in February.
But Adrian has not played since Alisson returned later that month. He could now choose to leave when his contract expires next month after making 24 appearances for the Reds since joining in 2019.
Liverpool are expected to allow Kelleher to find a loan move ahead of next season, meaning that they may need a new deputy to Alisson if Adrian also leaves.
Express Sport has looked at four goalkeepers who Klopp could sign if he is left with a goalkeeping void.
The Australian has spent the second half of the season on loan at Arsenal from Brighton, deputising for Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium.
Ryan had fallen out of favour on the South Coast, where a couple of costly error lost him his place to Robert Sanchez.
He joined boyhood club Arsenal in a surprise January move, but has played just three times. The 29-year-old made his debut in a 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa in February, before playing in last month’s 1-1 draw with Fulham and then the recent 2-0 win at Newcastle.
Ryan played a bizarre role in Eddie Nketiah’s dramatic equaliser against the Cottagers. Small for a goalkeeper at just 6ft tall, he headed on a corner to Dani Ceballos, whose shot was parried into the path of Nketiah.
Sanchez’s good form at Brighton means that Ryan will return to Brighton further down the pecking order. He might be tempted to take up a similar role at Liverpool if they are fighting at the top of the Premier League.
Romero’s six-year spell at Manchester United looks set to end when his contract expires in the summer.
The Argentine was signed as back-up to David de Gea and played a crucial part in several cup runs.
However, Dean Henderson’s emergence has relegated Romero to third choice at Old Trafford. The 34-year-old has not featured this season.
Former United boss Jose Mourinho was last week linked to a reunion with his ex-goalkeeper, with whom he reportedly shared a good relationship during his time in charge between 2016 and 2018.
But Liverpool could also be interested in a deputy who would be an upgrade on Adrian.
Possibly the least likely of this list to join Liverpool is Meslier. The 21-year-old has been excellent for Leeds United in their first top-flight campaign for 16 years.
There is little reason why Meslier might want to be a No 2 at Liverpool when he could instead play a key part in Leeds trying to qualify for Europe next season.
But he could be swayed by Klopp, who can promise the Frenchman that he will be Liverpool’s long-term No 1 after a few years of learning from Alisson.
Meslier, who signed from Lorient in 2018, broke into the Leeds team after Project Restart and has missed only one of Leeds’ 36 league matches this term.
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Linked with a move to Liverpool is the 20-year-old Sevilla shot-stopper Pastor.
Little known, Pastor has played just once for the Spanish side and is yet to make his La Liga debut.
Olivier Giroud scored four past the Spaniard in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League group stage win over Sevilla in December.
Spanish outlet AS say that Liverpool is one of several options for Pastor when he leaves once his contract ends in the summer.
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