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Matt Le Tissier has warned that Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems could hinder them in their bid to compete at at the top of the Premier League this season.
Familiar uncertainty over the shot-stopping situation continues to tarnish the club’s upward trajectory and now dominates the spotlight following the £75million arrival of Virgil van Dijk.
Since Jurgen Klopp spent big to address his issues in the centre of defence, the attention has diverted towards the future of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius at the club.
Debate recently heightened when Karius was named Liverpool’s first choice, despite having endured an unconvincing first year-and-a-half at the club.
Le Tissier believes it is obvious weakness between the sticks that could limit the Reds’ potential this season.
“Liverpool are a very good football team but I still think their goalkeeper will stop them from being right at the top of the table, so I’ve got them in fourth,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
Though Mignolet has displayed signs of improvement over the past 12 months, mistakes continue to diminish hopes of him being a long-term solution.
With the Belgian having been tipped to depart in the summer, Karius is expected to have an extended run in the side to prove his worth ahead of the transfer window.
Liverpool’s defence needs a consistently reliable figure at the foundation, one they can trust and one they can mould their own approach around.
If it takes breaking another positional transfer record to take the club forward, so be it.