He may be 31-years-old and his contract may not expire until the summer of 2017 but Diego Lopez could quickly find himself confined to the subs bench now that Jose Mourinho has left the club.
Mourinho has previously described Lopez as the best goalkeeper at Real Madrid and one of the best goalkeepers in Spain, which means if the number one position opens up at Anfield he could be a very good replacement for Pepe Reina.
“I prefer Diego Lopez as a goalkeeper to Iker Casillas – he is better at handling crosses, he is good blocking with both feet, he dominates the area better,” said Mourinho following Real Madrid’s Champions League exit.
Liverpool’s financial shackles mean they have to search for value and they have to consider this sort of top quality signing because the board simply won’t commission big money deals for higher profile players.
Lopez played in 24 La Liga matches last season conceding just 31 goals in the process which should suggest that he’s in line to carry on as the club’s number one heading into next season.
However, the barrier to Casillas’ place in the first team at the club has just been removed by Chelsea.
It was very clear that Mourinho had major problems with some of the higher profile players at Real Madrid with Casillas being one of them.
The next boss who takes over at the Spanish giants won’t want to make his position untenable before he’s even got his foot in through the door, which leads to the natural conclusion that Casillas will walk straight back into the side.
If the manager comes in and tries to maintain using Lopez as the club’s number one, he’ll be under pressure from Casillas, his close friends at the club and more importantly, the club’s president Florentino Perez.
It may even be made clear to the incoming boss that he needs to use certain players in his first team or he won’t be backed by the key figures at the club controlling his destiny.
It’s a chaotic situation and something which Liverpool should take advantage of if they have the chance to do so.
Lopez is more than just a cheap option for Liverpool, he’s a superb goalkeeper in terms of shot stopping ability, command over his defence and the fact he distributes the ball well which is significant for the Anfield club.
It’s a risk for Liverpool but then so is bringing in Alex McCarthy of Reading who would cost substantially more and who doesn’t have an ounce of the top flight experience Lopez possesses.
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