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Loris Karius looks to have saved Liverpool a lot of money this summer

The German has been in fine form since the turn of the year.

Mathew Nash

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Liverpool’s goalkeeper issue has long been a topic of discussion. Simon Mignolet never looked up to the billing at Anfield and was often lambasted by fans for making crucial errors. So, in the summer of 2016, Liverpool made a move to sign Loris Karius from Mainz.

The move seemed sensible. The young German had built up a fine reputation in his homeland and Liverpool signed him for a fee reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of just £4.75 million.

That price-tag is an absolute bargain in modern-day football, but Liverpool fans soon wondered if there was a reason behind such a small outlay.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Loris Karius of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Karius struggled to settle at Liverpool and, soon enough, found himself out of the starting XI.

This season has seen Liverpool heavily linked with AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Considered one of the best in the world, Liverpool would have had to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper to bring in the Brazilian.  The fee quoted in the press for Alisson has varied from £40 million all the way up to £70 million, but the figure of £52 million quoted by Corriere dello Sport seems to be about right.

Now, however, it seems Liverpool have abandoned their plans for Alisson and the form of Karius is surely the reason why. He has shown signs of massive improvement since the turn of the year, putting in some fine performances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Barcelona and AS Roma at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on April 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old was in such form against Everton in the Merseyside Derby yesterday. Whilst having little to do for the duration of a drab match, he produced a key moment of brilliance. His sprawling save to deny Yannick Bolasie a curling goal in the first-half was deserving of a Liverpool first-team keeper.

His form has certainly vindicated his price-tag for Liverpool in recent weeks. It could also be he has saved the club a massive amount of money in transfer fees for a new stopper.

Karius can hopefully continue to improve and finally give Liverpool a goalkeeper they can be confident in once again.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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