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Liverpool make offer for legendary Real Madrid star and World Cup winner

Liverpool have reportedly made an offer to Real Madrid for the services of their legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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Liverpool transfer news

With Manchester United stopper David De Gea heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer [via the Daily Mail], Casillas risks becoming redundant under new Merengues boss Rafael Benitez.

However, there is considerable interest in the player from the Premier League, with the Metro reporting that Liverpool have made an offer to Real and are looking to complete a transfer for the player this summer.

Casillas has responded bullishly to Real’s rumoured interest in De Gea and has insisted that he would be keen to stay and fight for his place at the Bernabeu next season [via Sky Sports]. It may be, however, that new coach Benitez takes the decision out of Casillas’s hands.

While goalkeeper may not one of Brendan Rodgers’s most pressing concerns, it appears as though the Northern Irish boss has finally given up on Belgian international Simon Mignolet.

The coach will likely need to reinforce his attack—the club have never truly replaced the goals of Luis Suarez—while the midfield will likely need attention following the departure of captain Steven Gerrard, even considering the free-transfer arrival of James Milner [via BBC Sport].

The latest transfer news indicates that Rogers believes a change between the sticks may solve Liverpool’s defensive issues—another recurrent problem during his time in charge of the club.

Last season, for example, the Reds conceded 48 goals in the Premier League, considerably more than their top four rivals Chelsea (32), Arsenal (36), Manchester United (37) and Manchester City (38).

While Casillas is one of the world’s most decorated keepers—he has won the World Cup, two European Championships, five La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles—it remains to be seen to what extent and for how long he can continue to compete at the top level.