Liverpool keen on summer swoop for PL goalkeeper to rival Mignolet

Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda this summer to add further competition for places.

The 31-year-old arrived at Selhurst Park on a free transfer last summer, but has been limited to just 10 appearances in all competitions with his last Premier League outing coming back in November.

That is in large part down to being forced to undergo a knee operation which kept him sidelined until February, but it’s been an entire month since he returned from that injury with Sam Allardyce preferring Wayne Hennessey.

According to Telefoot, Liverpool are monitoring his situation with a view of making a move this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to add further competition with Simon Mignolet. The Reds have struggled in that department again this season as the German tactician continues to look for a reliable man between the posts.

The report doesn’t mention Loris Karius who was signed last summer, but ultimately he’ll hope that he remains in contention moving forward despite some high-profile errors earlier in the campaign.

In fairness, Mignolet isn’t innocent in that regard either, but it’s unclear at this stage as to whether Liverpool’s reported interested in Mandanda is with the intention of making him the first choice shot-stopper at Anfield as Telefoot merely note that it’s to provide competition for Mignolet.

With his future at Palace looking bleak, the French international will likely welcome a fresh opportunity elsewhere, particularly given that it’s a club such as Liverpool. From a Reds perspective, it may well come as a relief to many supporters to know that Klopp is looking to address a key area of his squad that has proven costly over the last two years.