According to a report by Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Liverpool have missed out on Federico Marchetti after the goalkeeper opted to sign a new deal with Lazio.
The Reds have goalkeeping problems as number one Simon Mignolet is susceptible to the odd high-profile error while back-up Adam Bogdan likewise doesn’t inspire much confidence.
As such, speculation suggests that Jurgen Klopp’s side are in the market for a new shot-stopper and Lazio’s Federico Marchetti has been cited as a genuine target due to his contract situation.
The 28-year-old’s deal with Lazio expires this summer, prompting a potential bargain opportunity.
However, fresh reports from Gianluca di Mazrio state that Liverpool must move on as an agreement has been reached with Marchetti set for an extended stay in the Italian capital.
“Liverpool was one interested club in particular, but they will have to move on to other targets given that Lazio has demonstrated the commitment to their current number one Marchetti,” the report reads.
The importance of having a strong number one is extremely vital as a top goalkeeper could ultimately earn a team an extra ten points per season, as illustrated so often by the likes of Petr Cech and Joe Hart.
Mignolet is often a capable shot-stopper, yet his lack of organisation, communication and ability to be command his penalty area are key vulnerabilities which Liverpool can’t afford to carry.
Marchetti, an Italy international, would have been a cheap and solid option for the Merseyside outfit but now they will have to move on to other targets or persist with Mignolet until the summer.