Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has identified the man his former club should make a move for to resolve their lack of a world-class goalkeeper – legendary Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon is rumoured to be retiring from football in the summer, after his contract runs out at Juventus. He has played over 500 league games for the Italian giants since arriving from Parma for €52m in 2001, winning ten Serie A titles and breaking numerous records in that time.
He has the most ever caps for Italy, with 175 senior appearances for his country and holds the record for most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in Italy’s top flight. That was 974 during the 2015/16 season, with ten clean sheets.
His experience is unmatched and Collymore believes Liverpool should do all they can to sign him on a two-year contract, despite the fact he is planning to hang up his gloves.
The former England international insists Liverpool need a top quality goalkeeper and that it must be one with experience, citing Buffon as the man to solve their problems.
“What Liverpool need now is a top quality goalkeeper,” he told The Mirror.
“When people say what type of goalkeeper, whether young or old, I would say go for one with experience.
“Gigi Buffon is talking about retiring at the end of the season. Why not go and make him a megabucks offer?
“An incredible presence, an incredible footballing icon, to walk into another great football club from Juventus and say right I’m going to have two years here.
“I’m going to help bring through the next goalkeeping prodigy at Liverpool, and I’m going to help them win the title.
“What a fitting end to a great career that would be.”
Although the chances of Buffon heading to the Premier League at this late stage of his career are pretty slim, him continuing to play is a definite possibility.
It was recently reported that he could come out of international retirement if called up to the Italian squad for games against England and Argentina next month.
So, if he can do an about-turn on one retirement it’s entirely possible he can change his mind again.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena