Liverpool are reportedly interested in securing the signing of Atletico Madrid's superstar keeper Jan Oblak this summer, according to Don Balon, with Lloris Karius's Champions League blunder still fresh in the memory.
But to secure an established starter from a European giant is no easy task, as Liverpool have discovered, with Atletico putting a reported £78 million price-tag on the Slovenian international - £10 million less than his buy-out clause.
However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp clearly means business this summer, having quickly secured high-profile moves for both Naby Keita and Fabinho, and Oblak looks to be next in the German's plans.
Liverpool bit the bullet last summer in their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk and broke their transfer record at £75 million. However, they instantly reaped the rewards of having a quality addition drafted straight into the starting XI.
And they should really consider breaking the record again this summer, as the goalkeeping position for Liverpool has been a notable weakness for years, with neither Karius nor Simon Mignolet looking up to the required standard.
At 25, Oblak is one of the best in the world. His agility, positional awareness and ability to organise the defence would instantly bolster Liverpool's chances of challenging for the Premier League crown next term.
Klopp looks to be finally addressing long-spanning issues at the club, and the prospect of having a stable and balanced side behind their formidable front three is a seriously frightening prospect for any team in world football.
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