Liverpool were reportedly rejected by Bayern Munich starlet Christian Fruchtl after trying to sign him last year.
According to a report from Sport1, the Reds were keen on the 20-year-old, and phoned the Bavarian giants to enquire about his availability.
They apparently gave assurances to the club that he would be the number two behind Alisson and bump Adrian down to third choice.
Fruchtl supposedly turned the opportunity down, as it is his objective to play regular football – currently, he is behind Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich in the pecking order at Bayern and is yet to make his first-team debut.
It would seem a move to Anfield is out of the question then, with the world-class Alisson firmly established as the number one.
It is understandable that Fruchtl wants regular game time, and it will be interesting to see where he heads ahead of next season, and if he’s able to leave Liverpool with some regrets.
The starlet is very talented, if Neuer’s comments from around a year ago are anything to go by.
He said (bundesliga.com): “His coordination is great despite his size and his foot size. That is tough to learn. The talent is there in any case, and he has good conditioning.
“With Tom Starke and Sven Ulreich, we have a very strong goalkeeping team where he can watch and learn things. Christian trains well, is very hungry, observant and listens well when someone is explaining something to him.”
TBR’s view – One to revisit in the future?
Neuer’s glowing report of Fruchtl would suggest he has an extremely bright future in the game.
Obviously no one is going to come in and play regularly ahead of Alisson, and so Liverpool will have to watch the player’s development from afar.
Maybe years down the line he could be considered, but who knows how expensive he could be in the future.