Liverpool eye free-agent Sevilla keeper as long-term Adrian replacement

Date published: Thursday 3rd December 2020 6:58 - James Marshment

Alfonso Pastor

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Alfonso Pastor, despite the young Sevilla goalkeeper enduring a torrid time against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old keeper was handed his debut in the game and was unable to do much as Olivier Giroud stuck four goals past him.

While Giroud stole the headlines, the scoreline could have been far more severe. Indeed, Pastor did what he could to keep the Blues at bay and made several smart saves. Despite picking the ball out of his net four times, Pastor certainly did nothing wrong.

The goalkeeper’s deal, however, expires on June 30 and he has so far failed to agree on an extension.

Now, according to AS, both Liverpool and Real Madrid are keen to take advantage and sign the Spanish youngster.

They report both clubs are keeping a close eye on the situation and could look to sign him if his contract negotiations continue to stall.

Liverpool do have Alisson Becker as their undisputed No 1, with Adrian as back-up. Down the pecking order they also have 22-year-old Caiomhin Kelleher. The Irishman made his debut in the Champions League this week and impressed against Ajax.

The Reds also brought in another young keeper this summer in the shape of Marcelo Pitaluga from Brazilian side Fluminense.

 

However, AS reckons Liverpool can lure Pastor with the promise of him succeeding Adrian as Liverpool’s No 2. His fellow Spaniard’s deal is due to expire in summer 2021 and it remains uncertain if Liverpool will extend it. Reports in the summer claimed Liverpool even considered letting Adrian depart.

The situation is a bit different at Real Madrid. They have Andriy Lunin – who is No 2 to Thibaut Courtois – under contract until 2024. As claims Real would want Pastor to initially link up with their Castilla team and install him as their No 3.


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Woodgate in Theo Hernandez admission

Jonathan Woodgate, meanwhile, has revealed how his work as a Liverpool scout saw the Reds reject Theo Hernandez.

Woodgate took on the scouting role in August 2016 after retiring as a player. The move saw him work closely with Michael Edwards, who went from technical to sporting director at Anfield.

Speaking on Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game podcast, Woodgate opened up on how he came to forge a strong relationship with Edwards.

“Michael Edwards was at Spurs [as head of performance analysis] and every day I was in there watching players with him – Philippe Coutinho, actually, when he was at Inter Milan,” the 40-year-old said.

He also studied Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente. The Spaniard scored twice at Anfield last season to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League.

Fabian Ruiz, Theo Hernandez

But it was another Atletico youngster – Hernandez – who caught Woodgate’s eye. The Frenchman developed in the Spanish capital before staying there with an exciting move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.

Woodgate revealed, though, how Liverpool rejected the chance to sign him before that transfer.

“You do your homework before and sometimes you are given players to watch. You have to do in-depth analysis and then you send it off,” he said.

Read more from Woodgate here…

 

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