TRANSFER TALK: Ter Stegen to Liverpool?
January is a month of transfer news, as football fans know. One major issue that new Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is faced with is that of the goalkeeper’s position.
Simon Mignolet is without a doubt, the best goalkeeper at our club right now. We did bring in Adam Bogdan to the club recently, but he has proven to be unworthy of replacing Mignolet with Bogdan causing major errors in a game against Watford, where we conceded three goals.
Mignolet’s record of clean sheets is actually quite impressive (16 clean sheets in the 2015-2016 season, more than any other Premier League goalkeeper), though the label that many have thrown upon our record breaking goalkeeper is “inconsistent”. It seems he genuinely could do better and at the times when we perhaps draw or lose and it seems to be at least partly his fault for the conceding of goals, fans can really push hard for the removal of Mignolet as first choice goalkeeper at times. I don’t like to see too harsh criticism for him as he really is the best (goalkeeper) we have, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think we could use another goalkeeper. We could, if only to ensure that in times of injury for Mignolet, we’d have a decent replacement. Someone that won’t cause as much embarrassment as when we suffered as we lost 3-0 to Watford.
1 possible adequate replacement for Mignolet could be Marc-André ter Stegen.
This German who was born in Mönchengladbach played for several seasons at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the club in his own hometown.
Jürgen Klopp would know of this player’s career, since he’d have played in the German Bundesliga at a time when Klopp was managing Borussia Dortmund.
He would then have attracted the interest of Barcelona, who paid almost £10 Million for him in May of 2014. He’d sign a 5 year deal that would keep him officially with the club until 2019, though he does have a buy-out clause in his contract, for the fee of more than £64 Million (the equivalent of 80M Euros).
Upon joining Barcelona, he actually suffered an unfortunate injury which kept him out of the side for some time. Barcelona would have no choice but to use Claudio Bravo while their new transfer recovered and he would effectively replace Ter Stegen as their first choice goalkeeper. Out of favour with both the manager and fans by the time he’d become fully fit again, Ter Stegen could well seek to leave Barcelona and transfer out to a club who would ask him to be their regular first choice in their starting 11 and appreciate his contribution to the squad.
While Liverpool have interest in this player, they will undoubtedly not attempt to trigger the buy out release clause of £64M in his contract. That’s beyond the limits of our transfer budget. Liverpool are reported to be willing to come up with over £12M for this player but Barcelona may well hold out for as much as £20M and if this happens, our club may just decide that he’s overpriced or too expensive. It’s possible our owners may still consider him being of this much value, though. Stranger things have happened. We’ll only know for sure when the official bids for the player start being made and at this point, it’s just pure interest. If bids are made, I’ll be sure to let you know the update on this player and the likelihood that he will become a new Liverpool player.
Anyway, we’ll have more transfer news for you as it happens, throughout the entire month of January.
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.