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Gianluigi Buffon would be perfect solution to Liverpool’s goalkeeping position

The veteran shot-stopper would represent a significant upgrade for the Reds.

Jake Jackman

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Liverpool‘s season has not finished yet as they prepare for the Champions League final, but speculation is already beginning to ramp up ahead of a crucial summer.

Jurgen Klopp has done a great job at Anfield and the club have developed into a team capable of challenging for major honours.

This season, they didn’t have the consistency or the quality to compete for the Premier League title, but they have shown how good they are in Europe.

The Reds have never won a Premier League title and supporters will be desperate to put an end to that awful run over the coming years.

They already have a very good squad, but Klopp will want to add three or four quality players this summer to push them on.

During recent days, Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he will be leaving Juventus after an incredible career with the Serie A champions.

However, the goalkeeper won’t be retiring from playing and a number of top European clubs have been linked with a move for him.

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Liverpool are one of those, Italian pay-per-view sports channel Premium Sport, via the Mirror, and it could be a transfer that makes a lot of sense for the club.

Loris Karius has impressed since coming back into the team, but he isn’t a top-tier European goalkeeper and Liverpool could look to improve their options between the sticks.

As he would be available on a free transfer, Buffon has immediate appeal.

His experience would be invaluable to have around the training ground. This is a young squad and the Italian international would provide a winning mentality that would be a positive influence.

Buffon has received some criticism for his performances this season, with his display against Real Madrid being noticeably poor.

However, he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he would improve the starting eleven at Anfield.

He is approaching the end of his career, but he could do a fine job for one or two seasons and have a positive impact on the younger goalkeepers at the club.

It would be a little harsh on Karius, but he would have to look at the positives if Buffon does sign as he can benefit from working with the experienced shot-stopper.

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Over the course of this season, it has become clear why Klopp chose to sign his compatriot last summer as he has been reliable in goal.

That said, he hasn’t stood out as one of the best in the league and if the Reds are to challenge for the league title, they will need a better option.

The summer ahead is an opportunity to push on from a good season for Liverpool, regardless of what happens in the Champions League final.

If they do manage to lift the trophy, they will become a very attractive proposition for top European players and it would be a statement of intent to bring two or three into the club.

Under Klopp, they want to be seen as a force to be reckoned with. Their goalkeeping position is a weakness and Buffon would be a fine addition on a free transfer.

It would send a statement and show that the Reds are now a top team once again.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

Jamie Watts

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina

Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.

Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.

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The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.

Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.

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It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.

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Tottenham’s interest in Croatia trio justified after sensational team performance against Argentina

Tottenham fans will have heard a few familiar names last night.

Jamie Watts

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Croatia heaped further misery on Argentina’s already shaky World Cup opening last night, dismantling them 3-0, and taking the top spot of Group D in the process. And Tottenham fans will have been particularly interested in the clash.

Not only was former fan-favourite Luka Modric in his usual scintillating form, but a trio of closely linked players were deployed on the night, and all three put in exceptional performances.

Ivan Perisic put in a typically tireless display last night, alternating between all three-front roles at times, while showing maturity in his decision making and genuine quality in his end product after marauding runs down both flanks. And Pochettino will have taken notice, as his side were reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old to north London last month, according to Calcio Mercato.

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On top of that, the Spurs-linked midfield duo also performed brilliantly when called upon. Marcelo Brozovic (Calcio Mercato) – also of Inter Milan – showed his ability to steady the ship in defensive midfield, in what was a frantic game at times, sparking counter attacks with his vision and cultured weight of pass, whilst keeping the shackles on Lionel Messi.

And Mateo Kovacic (AS), rounded off a dogged team performance with a few moments brilliance. Upon arriving into the game in the closing stages, he used his exceptional dribbling and balance to trouble a weary Argentina back-line, before showing an extremely cool head to pick out Rakitic under-pressure in the box for his outfit’s third goal.

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All three put in performances worthy of top level clubs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino elevate his interest in all three after last night.

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