Liverpool are enjoying a remarkable 2018, and will now harbour hopes of challenging Manchester City next season – with the aid of new signings.
Manager Jurgen Klopp now appears to be driving Liverpool on to become a legitimate force again, and with Naby Keita on his way to Anfield this summer, more signings could be targeted.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have today reported that Liverpool have registered their interest in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, with Atletico Madrid and Napoli also thought to be keen.
The 28-year-old stopper joined Barcelona from Ajax in the summer of 2016, but has spent most of his time in Catalunya backing up Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, failing to start a league game this season and playing just the once in the Champions League this term.
It's believed that Cillessen could target first-team football elsewhere, and given question marks over Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, Liverpool are being linked – but their fans aren't too keen.
Whilst one Reds fan noted that Cillessen is the best no. 2 goalkeeper in the world, most other supporters don't feel that the Dutchman is needed, and would prefer to stick with in-form Karius.
Barcelona fans also offered their views, with many hailing Cillessen and suggesting that he is 'world class' and deserves to start for a team somewhere, suggesting they don't really want to see him leave but understand if he wants to move on.
No thanks— James Parker (JP) (@JP_wes) April 16, 2018
I haven't seen much of him, but Karius has been great. Disturbing the pairing of Karius and van Dijk could unsettle the entire back line.— Ric van Salino (@YNWA_Ric) April 16, 2018
Hope this is as I don’t think Cillessen is better than Karius personally. Ter-Stegen I could understand.— •Sam Hosier• LFC (@Supersam020790) April 16, 2018
Liverpool are named as one of three clubs interested in Barcelona 'keeper, Jasper Cillessen. Unreliable source linking us to an unreliable player. We don't particularly need a new goalkeeper anyway, unless Simon Mignolet leaves. #LFChttps://t.co/Arl66f1EvF— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) April 16, 2018
Cillessen is seriously good, best backup keeper in the world.— Dilan (@dilantosar20) April 16, 2018
Man has never let us down tbh. What a guy and Umtiti says that Cillessen is the first one at training everyday. https://t.co/85J3P4M3Rv— NAZ (@FCNazalona) April 16, 2018
Cillessen linked to Liverpool, Napoli and Athletico. I'm not surprised tbh. He's a very good GK. Napoli or Liverpool would be the ideal choices imo.— Suru (@NimhanSurendra) April 16, 2018
Cillessen should have played more games this season. He's been fantastic whenever he's played, yet Valverde has overlooked him so often. Him playing would also have meant some much needed rest for ter Stegen. Hoping he stays, but he deserves to be playing regularly.— Veron (@MesmericMessi) April 16, 2018
Cillessen really does deserve to be a #1. Wish there was some way of giving him more league matches, though I get that could disrupt chemistry.— R.H Piper (@Lauric_Etienne) April 16, 2018
It would be a shame to lose Cillessen as he's worldclass. But he is turning 29 next week and deserves to be a starting goalkeeper somewhere. Will support Jasper no matter what he decides. https://t.co/VU8uToWqiW— Haley (@Haleyinho) April 16, 2018