With current backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet up for sale and Loris Karius still on loan at Besiktas, Liverpool will need to be in the market for a top quality number two stopper, although they’re searching in probably not in the place you’d expect. Reports have surfaced that high on Jürgen Klopp’s list is Hull City’s David Marshall. Odds on the shot-stopper moving to Anfield are tumbling and you can take advantage of that fact by using the Coral Promo Code and betting on Marshall being a Liverpool player by next season.
Although Marshall is valued at just £1.35m on Transfermarkt, he is out of contract this summer, so not only are you getting a quality goalkeeper, but you’re getting him for free, so this is a no brainer.
This would be an excellent move for Liverpool. A point I’ve been making about the whole squad, so that includes the goalkeeper, for some time now is rotation. Liverpool have to start thinking about giving their players more rest at various parts during the season, that way rather than slipping away after dropping points to the likes of West Ham and Leicester City, they’ll be more capable of challenging for the league title. They can’t afford to just stick with what they’ve got and be happy with it, they need to keep pushing until finally they break through.
A move like this is an aggressive move, but it’s not too aggressive where you’re going to create a controversy over who gets the starting job with Alisson. However, after playing 50 games for Liverpool across all competitions this season, maybe it would have been beneficial for him to get more of a rest every now and again. When Alisson signed for Liverpool, you were able to get incredible odds on him winning the Golden Glove with bethard so Liverpool’s recent track record of making successful signings in goal is certainly improving.
When you have an established number one goalkeeper, you basically have two choices on what to do with the backup. You can either go for a young goalkeeper who you’ll rotate in cup games and give him the odd bit of experience here and there. Or you can go for an established pair of hands that you know won’t let you down if you need to put them in, either as a regular rotation or if your first choice gets injured. I personally prefer the former, but have no objection to clubs doing the latter.
It’s something that’s become a bit of a trend recently for British clubs, helped in some part by the Premier League’s home grown rule, a number of big clubs have signed established British as a cheap way of massaging their British numbers. Richard Wright went to Manchester City, Lee Grant signed for Manchester United and to a lesser extent, Rob Green when he signed for Chelsea.
Whilst Alisson is undoubtedly number one on Merseyside, and some might argue number one in the country, it is vital that you have a decent number two to back him up. Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are clearly not up to that standard, otherwise they’d still have roles at the club. David Marshall though has shown that in his time in the Premier League and in the Championship and Scottish leagues before that, that he is more than capable of filling in such an important role at a big club should the opportunity arise.