The search for a new goalkeeper at Liverpool has taken another twist with reports suggesting that the club have placed themselves squarely in the hunt for Barcelona number two keeper Jasper Cillessen according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon.
It is understood that the Catalan giants are prepared to let the Dutch stopper leave the Nou Camp this summer as long as his release clause of €60million (£52.7m) is met.
Don Balon claim that the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to meet their valuation in order to bring the 29-year-old to Anfield.
The goalkeeping situation has been the subject of intense speculation for the entire season and reached a fever pitch after the nightmare suffered the present incumbent Loris Karius where his two calamitous errors proved decisive in their recent Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid.
Cillessen has been at Barcelona since 2016 but has made only two appearances with Marc-Andre ter Stegen making the position his own and it is this want of regular first-team football that has alerted the likes of Liverpool.
The Dutchman has a reputation of being a very good shot-stopper but is considered quite small at 6’ 1” and his lack of recent game time may also count against him as Klopp searches for that dominant presence behind his backline.
The Reds have also been linked with a host of top keepers across Europe including Roma’s Allison Becker and Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid but with the World Cup now set to dominate the footballing landscape for the next month it will be interesting what direction the club takes.
There is still a belief that the German may stick with the under-fire Karius as he does have a reputation of staying loyal to his players although it is thought that the former number one Simon Mignolet will depart Anfield this summer.