Liverpool ace could seek January exit, but £89m target would offer long-term solution

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Liverpool addressed a key problem in defence earlier this month with the signing of Virgil van Dijk, but they still arguably have one more to sort out to become serious contenders.

Uncertainty still surrounds the goalkeeper position, with Loris Karius coming in for Simon Mignolet at the weekend in the 4-3 win over Manchester City.

For a side hoping to challenge for major honours, Liverpool have top class players right across their squad, but not having an established No.1 between the posts to offer reliability and a sense of calmness could hurt them.

As reported by The Express, Mignolet has been discussing his future and has dropped a slight hint that he could perhaps consider his options if he doesn’t force his way back in front of Karius in the pecking order.

“Of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best, I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I can not say more about it.”

That will be a concern for Klopp who has shown a great deal of faith in the Belgian international despite his costly mistakes along the way, but the German tactician will surely not be helping either individual unless one or the other is given the responsibility and faith to be the regular first choice.

However, Liverpool could solve the issue entirely as The Sun report that Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak is a target, although with a hefty £89m release clause, it remains to be seen whether or not the Merseyside giants are able to splash out on him.

The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe with his form for the La Liga giants, and if Liverpool were able to prise him away from the Spanish capital, it would be another serious source of concern for their rivals that they’re finally putting the pieces in place to contend.

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