While some have taken the rumour of Liverpool’s interest in Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as little more than gossip, Bwin is reporting that Jurgen Klopp may actually be readying a £20 million bid for the young goalkeeper.
Still only 23 years old, Ter Stegen played a key role in Barca’s Champions League triumph a season ago. However, for the bulk of the 2015-16 campaign he’s been kept on the bench for domestic matches, with 32-year-old Claudio Bravo repeatedly getting the nod from Luis Enrique. Bravo had 23 clean sheets last season and is clearly the preferred option at least in La Liga.
This puts Barcelona in a position of strength to collect a nice transfer fee for Ter Stegen should management decide Bravo will continue to start in net. First with Borussia Morchengladbach and then in the aforementioned Champions League run with Barca, Ter Stegen has acquitted himself well and should be an appealing option for teams in search of defensive stability.
Liverpool fits the bill given their poor performance in the back thus far in 2016. Through just seven January fixtures so far, the Reds have conceded 12 goals. It’s not squarely on the shoulders of the goalkeepers, but it certainly supports the idea that Klopp could be looking for help in that area. The puzzling aspect of all this is that Klopp just recently gave Simon Mignolet a five-year deal to continue tending the net at Anfield.
Nevertheless, the rumour is that Klopp is considering matching the £20 million believed to be needed to secure Ter Stegen’s services. The young goalkeeper is thought to be seeking a destination where he could receive regular work in the starting XI, particularly given that he wants a role with the German national team come Euro 2016.
It may still sound unlikely given the Mignolet deal, but Klopp could give his countryman the chance he desires to showcase his talents before the summer international competition, and strengthen Liverpool’s leaky defense in the meantime.