John Aldridge comments on reports Liverpool will sign £4.7m Germany goalkeeper

John Aldridge believes Loris Karius will provide much-needed competition for Liverpool No1 shirt

John Aldridge has endorsed Liverpool’s move to sign Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius in the summer transfer window.

The Mainz goalkeeper emerged as a target for the Merseyside outfit over the past week as Jurgen Klopp looks to capitalise on his knowledge of the Bundesliga to strengthen his squad.

Current Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet has been regularly criticised during his three-year stay at Anfield following a string of inconsistent performances for the Reds.

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker Aldridge believes the touted £4.7m-rated Germany goalkeeper would be vital signing to provide competition for Mignolet.

“I haven’t seen Loris Karius, the goalkeeper on his way to Anfield, but it isn’t a surprise. We all know where we need to strengthen,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.

“Bogdan didn’t work out, Ward will be a good keeper but still needs proper experience, so we need to bring in a new goalkeeper.”

The 22-year-old, who is a former youth player for Manchester City, has already made 96 senior appearances for Mainz since becoming the Bundesliga outfit’s number one goalkeeper.

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