After failing to make it out of the Champions League group stages, several changes appear to be on the horizon for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers, and the first will likely be in net.
Selling off Luis Suarez and spreading those riches around the pitch was supposed to assure the Reds of, at minimum, a shot in the knockout stages of Champions League, if not a far better showing in Premier League play, where they are currently ninth, 15 points back of first-place Chelsea.
Instead, Liverpool have struggled both in the attack and defense, and evidently Rodgers is contemplating some changes in the latter first.
Belgium international Simon Mignolet has reportedly fallen out of favor at Anfield, and Rodgers is attempting to pry either Asmir Begovic from Stoke or Petr Cech from Chelsea, Daily Mail reports.
At this juncture, the Bosnian Begovic seems to be the most attainable. Even with top keeper Thibaut Courtois playing very well, Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho will be hesitant to part with Cech, who has thrived at Stamford Bridge for the last decade and helped the squad claim three Premier League titles and one Champions League.
The Mail suggests that Begovic might be open to a greater “challenge” with the Reds, who despite their struggles are in a better position than 15th-place Stoke to move up the domestic table. Begovic would also be the cheaper option, as his current market value is around £10 million, compared to £14 million for Cech.
As for whom plays in front of Liverpool’s next keeper, that could be Benfica right-back Maximiliano Pereira or Barcelona’s Martin Montoya, according to Daily Mirror.
Rodgers is in need of a replacement for Glen Johnson, whose contract expires at the end of the term. And despite the determination and grit he has displayed in 151 Merseyside appearances, the 30-year-old has shown his age a bit and Liverpool could use an infusion of youth in the backline.
Pereira, also 30 and out of contract this summer, could help Liverpool make a late push after the calendar turns, but doesn’t satisfy the need for more youth. Evidently, Benfica won’t take anything less than £4 million for Perira.
Landing Montoya is a possibility, especially with the Reds able to dangle regular pitch time in front of the 23-year-old who’s appeared in one match all term. Montoya’s agent made it known Thursday that he desires a change of scenery and clubs in England, Italy and Germany have all shown interest in his client, according to Daily Mail.