Liverpool have been urged to sign Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to cover the “weak spot” in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Loris Karius has impressed since his return in goal this year after replacing Simon Mignolet as Klopp’s first choice between the sticks.
The 24-year-old’s performances have led to a shift in perception ahead of the summer, after the initial belief the Reds would launch a bid for Roma keeper Alisson.
With Karius’ recent resurgence, and Roma’s current high asking price, Liverpool have made contact with the Brazilian’s representatives and informed them they should not be expecting a bid.
Klopp’s preference was always for Karius to prove he’s the long-term option between the posts, and as it stands at the moment he’s in the box seat to continue in that role.
No decision will be taken until the end of the season and Karius needs to maintain his current high standards, but Klopp has been delighted by the manner in which the £4.7million signing from Mainz has grasped his opportunity.
Despite that, former Reds defender Steve Nicol thinks Klopp should look to strengthen the goalkeeping department, especially with the future of Mignolet shrouded in doubt.
One player he would like to see on Merseyside is Donnarumma, with the Italian teenager already 114 appearances for AC Milan.
“I think Liverpool should go and see if they can either get a No 1 or have somebody who’s on a level with Karius because Mignolet isn’t,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “He (Mignolet) is clearly the No 2, and I think what Mignolet’s doing is waiting to see if he can get a game in the World Cup.
“(Thibaut) Courtois has had a couple little injury nicks recently, and a good World Cup will mean Mignolet is in the shop window and he could get himself a good move.
“Liverpool’s problems were always the defensive unit – and by that, more importantly, the centre-back position and the goalkeeper.
“They’ve certainly made a difference signing (Virgil) van Dijk at that centre back position, and Karius, as good as a last couple of months as he’s had, are we really 100% relying on him? I’m not ready for that yet.
“That means Liverpool, in my opinion, have to go out and get a recognised No 1. I would have no problem with Alisson.
“I wouldn’t have a problem if they could get the likes of a Donnarumma, who could be the goalkeeper for the next decade.
“I think, definitely, it’s a priority now for Liverpool. It’s a weak spot. Again, as good as Karius has been recently, he’s not the finished article by a long way.”