Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were left embarrassed at the Dean Court on Sunday as 3 goals in the last 15 minutes from the home side saw the Reds without even a point. The game would have had a mental effect on the squad and the manager was quick to change things up as he travelled to the Camp Nou to watch Barcelona in action and also for a warm weather training session. The manager will know that his team has what it takes to bounce back but there is wide unrest among the fans of the club on the social media as to whether first choice shot-stopper Loris Karius is the right man to lead the team. This has seen the fans begging to bring Hart to Anfield.
The England international is currently plying his trade on loan in Italy with Torino taking full advantage of his quality in between the sticks. Though he is prone to errors every now and then, Hart is one of the most experienced shot stoppers in the domestic circuit in England and is the first choice goalkeeper for Gareth Southgate for the national side. He is strong, smart and commanding and is a player that would walk into the first team for many sides. Liverpool were linked with a move for him in the summer, but Klopp had already bought Karius by then and decided to snub Hart but with the German keeper showing some nerves, Klopp may well be back in the market for the Manchester City man in January. But do Liverpool actually need another goalkeeper?
Simon Mignolet and his antics in between the sticks for more than a couple of years now at Anfield has seen the manager shove him to the bench and he is being used only in the cup competitions, where he has actually shown loads of improvement. Mignolet is a nervous player who is prone to unforced errors which is quite frustrating.
He is easily one of the best shot-stoppers in the world at the moment but his handling of the ball and his distribution are far from exemplary. He is a decent second choice keeper for a Premier League club but a few Premier League clubs are already monitoring his situation and may move for him in January. And if that happens, Liverpool will take Joe Hart in the blink of an eye.
Karius is currently in his first season in the Premier League and is still getting to know some new grounds in the country. He had a few nervous games before but at Dean Court, he was at fault for the winner at the death and was also generally ineffective. But at 23, he has loads of time to get into the groove and Jurgen Klopp is adamant that he is the first choice at the club at the moment. But if Mignolet is sold and Joe Hart bought, Karius can no longer sit on his laurels and may even be replaced as the first choice. And as a matter of fact, it might also help the young shot-stopper learn the trades of the domestic league.
Hart is a seasoned campaigner and is sure to win you some points in a 38-game domestic league but he is also at times caught out of position and will frustrate the managers. But at 29, he has gathered loads of experience and might return to England as a far superior player and with Manchester City and not many clubs interested, Liverpool may well price away a top class player to good effect in January.
Do you think Joe Hart is a good option for Liverpool?