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.
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.