Stan Collymore identifies the signing Liverpool FC need to make this summer
The former Liverpool FC striker believes the Reds should consider a swoop to sign Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon this summer
Stan Collymore has made the audacious suggestion that Liverpool FC look to sign Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon in the summer transfer window.
The Reds are rumoured to be in the market to sign a new shot stopper in the summer to finally address one of the obvious weaknesses in the Liverpool FC squad.
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.
Given the Reds have made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world, Liverpool FC can ill afford to have an unreliable goalkeeper between the sticks if the Reds harbour genuine title ambitions.
AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson has been heavily linked with a potential move to the Anfield outfit in recent weeks, although the Serie A giants are keen to add a huge release clause to the Brazilian’s current contract.
Liverpool FC have also been touted with an interest in England and Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland given the Potters’ flirtation with the relegation zone.
However, former Reds striker Collymore believes Liverpool FC should set their sights on Italy and Juventus legend Buffon.
“What Liverpool need now is a top quality goalkeeper,” Collymore told BetStars.
“When people say what type of goalkeeper, whether young or old, I would say go for one with experience.
“I know Petr Cech and Joe Hart may be just beyond that period to go somewhere like Liverpool, but a goalkeeper is usually at their best around the age of thirty or beyond. A player like Petr Cech or Joe Hart, who has won the Premier League, can bring that experience into the dressing room.
“It’s a position that Jurgen Klopp needs to address and I think that Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet aren’t quite up to Liverpool standard, so I would expect them to be shopping in the summertime for an experienced, top quality goalkeeper.”
Collymore added: “Gigi Buffon is talking about retiring at the end of the season.
“Why not go and make him a megabucks offer? An incredible presence, an incredible footballing icon, to walk into another great football club from Juventus and say right I’m going to have two years here, I’m going to help bring through the next goalkeeping prodigy at Liverpool, and I’m going to help them win the title, what a fitting end to a great career that would be.”
Buffon is set to retire at the end of the Serie A campaign, although there is a sense that the Italian legend could yet have a change of heart.