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Liverpool should be glad to have missed out on goalkeeper Andriy Lunin

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After Champions League final calamity, the general consensus seemed to be that Liverpool would target a goalkeeper as one of their top priorities this summer. To date, that has not proven to be the case.

The Mirror say that the Reds made a last ditch attempt to sign 19-year-old Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk, only for the Ukrainian international to instead go ahead and join, of all people, the side who so cruelly highlighted Lorius Karius’ weaknesses in the Champions League final in Kiev – Real Madrid.

Liverpool fans may be left cursing their luck at missing out on a target, but they should be seeing the missed opportunity as a blessing in disguise.

There can be no doubt that Lunin is a talented player. After all, an international with two years of first team experience yet to celebrate his 20th birthday is a rare find.

A dominant presence in the box and accomplished with the ball at his feet, Lunin has many attributes to become one of the best around in only a short while.

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But the truth is that Liverpool need an improvement in goal immediately. Lunin lacks the experience or the quality to do that, so it is hard to see what role he would have if he had moved to Anfield this summer.

One option is that he would have served as back-up, potentially replacing Simon Mignolet, and playing cup competitions whilst Loris Karius remains number one until Lunin is ready. Whilst a nice idea, it does not resolve a problem position for at least another two to three seasons and Karius’ Liverpool career could be in a vastly different position in that time.

Equally, with Karius, Mignolet, Danny Ward and even Adam Bogdan all under contract, it is hard to imagine that the Reds would bring Lunin in alongside another goalkeeper to act as a new number one. If so, it would be some substantial turnaround, the kind that Jurgen Klopp has been keen to avoid.

Now, Liverpool fans may feel disappointed to have missed out, but if it brings a stark improvement in goal come the end of the transfer window in August, it could well be worth the wait.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Three reasons why Derby is the perfect destination for Harry Wilson

According to reports the 21-year-old Liverpool youngster is close to joining Derby

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Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson signed a new contract with the Merseyside giants last week. However, the 21-year-old will be loaned out for the season to gain some vital experience and, according to the Mirror, Derby County is his likely destination.

Wilson was rewarded with a new contract by the Reds after an impressive outing with Championship strugglers Hull City last season, where the wide man scored seven goals in 13 appearances.

Now, the Welsh international looks set to be Frank Lampard’s first summer signing, joining the former England international in his first managerial appointment.

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1. A chance to play under a boss who has done it all can only be inspiring

Wilson would have to chance to play under Lampard, a man who as a player won pretty much everything, this can only be inspiring for a footballer of Wilson’s age, and the former midfielder will surely know how to get the best out of the young talent at his disposal.

2. Already proved himself in the Championship last season

The Welsh international has already confirmed he can do it in the Championship, after a successful loan spell at Hull.

The young winger will only be looking to improve and, given a full season and game time, he is more than likely to do that.

3. Fearless attitude

Wilson would bring with him to Pride Park a fearless approach to improve and to take on any challenge that comes his way.

This mindset was demonstrated when at 16 Wilson made his full international debut for Wales; a testament to the youngster’s talent and solid proof he could hit the ground running at Derby.

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Three reasons Jasper Cillessen is the man to solve Liverpool’s goalkeeping woes

Liverpool look poised to make a move for the Barcelona shot stopper.

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Liverpool will look to sign Barcelona outcast Jasper Cillessen before the transfer window shuts in a bid to solve their goalkeeping woes, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cilleseen’s talent is undeniable, and despite a massive lack of game time at Barcelona, the Dutch international is still highly rated amongst Europe’s elite goalkeepers.

Reports suggest Cillessen will listen to offers from Europe’s biggest clubs. However, if given the opportunity for some game time with the Spanish giants he would be happy to stay in Catalonia.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool’s interest in the 29-year-old could prove to be the golden opportunity for Cillessen to get the first team action he has been craving.

But is the Dutchman the man to solve Liverpool’s problem position? Here are three reasons why he is the right man to do so.

1. A cheaper alternative to Alisson

Liverpool have been linked with some of the hottest goalkeeping talents in Europe since the transfer window reopened and one name in particular that has been thrown into the Reds hat is Roma goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

However, Jurgen Klopp seems reluctant to fork out over £60 million for the Brazilian’s services and Cillessen would be available for a much lower price.

This doesn’t take anything away from the Dutchman’s talent. In fact, Cillissen is more tried and tested on the big stage than Alisson.

2. Winning mentality

Cillessen would bring to Anfield with him a thirst for silverware, a trait that Jurgen Klopp seems to be trying to incorporate into his side.

One La Liga title,  two Spanish cups and three Dutch league titles already sit proudly in the Dutch shot-stoppers trophy cabinet, and it is this winning mentality that Liverpool have been craving to have between their sticks.

3. The chance to be Liverpool’s number one for years to come

If it is first team action that Cillessen wants so badly, he may not have a better opportunity to get that than at Liverpool.

Cillissen would have the chance to rise to the occasion and take over a position that currently has no front runner and the fact that the Reds could just be on the cusp of greatness could make them and the Dutchman a match made in heaven.

The chance to be number one for one of Europe’s biggest clubs can only be motivational for a player of Cillessen’s ability and ambition.

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Jurgen Klopp’s comments give Daniel Sturridge hope ahead of crucial preseason

The 28-year-old looks set to get one last chance at Anfield.

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The future of striker Daniel Sturridge is one of the biggest question marks overshadowing Liverpool’s pre-season campaign.

Although the English forward endured a forgettable 2017/18 season and seemed to be on his way out at Anfield, recent comments from Jurgen Klopp should give Sturridge hope ahead of a critical next month.

When asked about the 28-year-old’s Liverpool future, Klopp struck a conciliatory tone that must have heartened Sturridge.

“I always said there is a future, it’s about what we do in the moment. At the moment it’s all good and we don’t have to make decisions. I don’t think about my players like this – like, maybe he’s in or out,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

These quotes reveal the German is keeping an open mind ahead of the looming deadline of the transfer window, and has indicated there is a future for Sturridge at the club.

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As there is still a month remaining before the transfer window slams shut, Klopp maintains he has plenty of time to make a decision and has essentially challenged Sturridge to work his way back into first team contention.

Sturridge has been working diligently this summer, most recently scoring two well-taken goals against Chester in a friendly.

Although Liverpool’s attack is undoubtedly filled with top-class talent, if the striker can continue his good form he could stake a claim for a role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool fans still remember his heroics in the 2013/14 season, and although that was perhaps a different Sturridge then we see now, it can be argued he still has those deadly qualities that allowed him to shine in previous years.

The Reds’ upcoming participation in the International Champions Cup will be telling for Sturbridge’s future.

If he can excel against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Manchester United, then Daniel Sturridge could be granted another chance to revive his Liverpool career.

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