Liverpool will almost certainly dive into the transfer market in the summer to recruit a new goalkeeper but they face some stiff competition for both of their top two targets.
While interest in Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson is well-documented, with the likes of Real Madrid and PSG both also interested in the player, their backup option, Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen, also has other suitors.
The 26-year-old ‘keeper is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the Bundesliga not named Manuel Neuer and is being looked at by Liverpool as an alternative to Alisson if the £60m-rated goalkeeper proves to be too costly.
However, the Guardian note that despite interest from the Reds, Leno would prefer to join Serie A title contenders Napoli if he were to leave Leverkusen in the summer.
Leno signed for Leverkusen in a £6.75m deal from Stuttgart in January 2012 following an impressive loan spell and has developed into one of Germany’s finest goalkeepers, earning six caps for his country that also boasts Neuer, Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, PSG’s Kevin Trapp and Liverpool’s own Loris Karius as goalkeeping options.
While Karius has been impressive of late since replacing Simon Mignolet between the sticks, Klopp is still yet to be convinced by the former Mainz star and wants to add another goalkeeper to his squad in the summer, especially as Mignolet is likely to be sold following his most recent demotion to the bench.
Napoli have been linked with a move to sign Leno as a replacement for ex-Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina who is expected to join AC Milan in the summer, but Liverpool will firm up their interest in the Leverkusen star if they lose out in the Alisson sweepstakes to either Real Madrid or PSG.