Report: Liverpool step up interest in Burnley’s Nick Pope after running background checks

Nick Pope of England and Jordan Pickford of England train during the England media access at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on June 14, 2018 in Saint...

Liverpool are reportedly keen on Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, and are firming up interest after running background checks.

Nick Pope of Burnley looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion at Turf Moor on April 28, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Liverpool are looking to bring a new goalkeeper to Anfield this summer, and with sealing a move for AS Roma's Alisson proving more difficult by the minute, the Reds are looking elsewhere.

Having registered an earlier interest in Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope, the Reds are said to be firming up interest in the 26-year-old, according to the Mirror.

Liverpool are said to be conducting various background checks in order to determine Pope's mental strength and personality before reaching a decision.

And while he would represent a cheap option at £18million, his quality means he could end up being a steal.

Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City (not pictured) scores his side's first goal past Nick Pope of Burnley during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April...

The England international has seen his stocks rise since replacing an injured Tom Heaton in between the sticks at Turf Moor last September.

Pope's brilliant form earned him a call-up to the Three Lions side and a subsequent inclusion in manager Gareth Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad.

With both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet failing to convince manager Jurgen Klopp last term, a shot-stopper capable of saving points and winning games for Liverpool is very pertinent going forward, and going by his heroics in goal last term, Pope represents an upgrade on the duo.

Nick Pope of Burnley in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on April 19, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Karius cost the Reds the Champions League after two blunders in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in last month's final, and his mentality has been questioned as a result.

Should Liverpool decide Pope has the mentality and personality needed in a goalkeeper, a summer swoop for the Burnley stopper could see Karius replaced.

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