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Liverpool Eye Bundesliga Replacement For Mignolet

23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, has indicated a move to the Premier League is something that would interest him.  

With interest from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over the January transfer window, a move for the young goalkeeper who was called up to the senior German squad for the defeat to the Republic of Ireland last October, that ultimately didn’t materialise.

Speaking to Germany’s Sport 1 he said;

‘Perhaps you sometimes have dreams of playing abroad, I find that very sexy.  What happens at the end is not known – but dreaming, I am always dreaming.’

Leno would be seen as direct competition to Simon Mignolet. The Belgian international, despite some charged criticism as some of his inconsistent performances for the club, signed a contract extension. The 27-year-old, who has won 17 international caps, joined the club in the summer of 2013 from Sunderland.

Elsewhere, midfielder Adam Lallana, in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland, has said the players need to take responsibility for their inability to secure a lead. Speaking to the official club website, the former Southampton player said:

“It’s disappointing in any game, regardless of who you’re playing, to be 2-0 up with ten minutes to go.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. We probably dropped a bit too deep as a team and didn’t continue doing what we were doing in the second half to get the goals.

“We certainly didn’t want to be complacent or didn’t think we’d won the game. But these things happen and we need to take full responsibility for that.”

Simon Mignolet has struggled
Simon Mignolet has struggled

These sentiments were reflected by Pepjin Lijnders, deputising for Klopp who required surgery to remove his appendix after being admitted to hospital on Saturday.

“We dominated in the opponents’ half and the way we were able after each loss of possession to win the ball back in a short period, then again find a free player and keep the ball for longer periods,” he told the clubs website.

“If you want to point at something, the amount of moments we get in between the lines and in the final third, we have to stay calmer and use our skill more to outplay opponents, to risk and to play the through pass. If you talk about anxiety, probably for me it’s not in the last 10 minutes, it is in the final third.

“Overall, if you look at it from a performance point of view and how we analyse different lines, sectors etcetera, it was OK – the problem was the game wasn’t 82 minutes, it was 95.”

Liverpool though, don’t have too long to mull over their performance, with an FA Cup replay with West Ham on Tuesday evening at the Boleyn Ground.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.