Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has urged Liverpool to go out and sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya to replace the injured Alisson.
Bent says that Raya could be a good back-up goalkeeper for Liverpool to sign, following Adrian’s disappointing performance in the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Alisson is set to be out for up to six weeks, potentially putting Adrian in between the sticks for a sizable chunk of first-team matches.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent offered his opinion on who Liverpool should sign to be their number two. “We are talking about the Premier League champions so it shouldn’t be that hard but where do you get a goalkeeper that is going to be happy coming into the team to play for six weeks until Allison comes back and then you’re back on the bench.
“It has to be a concern because they have seen firsthand what happens when you don’t have an adequate backup goalkeeper.
“The only one who I can think of as a potentially good back up goalkeeper is David Raya, maybe him.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Raya was an important member of Brentford’s Championship squad last season as the Bees finished third in the league and reached the play-off final. He played in all 46 regular league matches and then all three play-off games, showing that he was a reliable figure in goal for Thomas Frank’s side.
Whilst this is a potential reason as to why he could be a good signing for Liverpool, as Bent says, it could also be the very same reason as to why they don’t. He is used to playing regular football and coming to sit on the bench for Liverpool, at the age of 25, may not be too appealing to Raya.
Instead, he could stay at Brentford and get promoted to the Premier League this season and then become a regular in the top-flight, rather than watching on from the bench whilst Alisson plays when fit. With Raya being an important player for Brentford it could also mean that their demands to prize him away from the Championship outfit are steep, making it a tough deal for Liverpool to broker.