Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore thinks the club need a new goalkeeper in the summer and has suggested an ambitious move for arguably the greatest stopper of all time, Gianluigi Buffon.
The Italian stalwart is 40-years-old, but still does a brilliant job for Juventus in Serie A and the Champions League.
His contract is out at the end of the season…. but that’s because he’s retiring!
Still, Collymore reckons it’s worth trying to convince Buffon to head abroad for a final swansong under Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s a position that Jurgen Klopp needs to address and I think that Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet aren’t quite up to Liverpool standard, so I would expect them to be shopping in the summertime for an experienced, top quality goalkeeper,” he told BetStars.
“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.”
It sounds great, but if Buffon has a u-turn and decides to play on, he’ll likely remain in Turin, where he’s been for nearly 20 years.
Remember, he stayed there even when they were demoted two leagues for match fixing.
Buffon did once admit to dreaming of playing for us out of all other English clubs, though:
“It’s true that when you’re young, you dream of playing for the European greats. As a result I dreamt of playing for Juve, Milan, Inter, Madrid, Barcelona and for Liverpool,” he told AS in 2014.
So you never know!