Liverpool offer €10m plus outcast as bait to land long-time target

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Liverpool have tabled an offer of €10m plus infamous flop Loris Karius in a bid to secure the signature of Turkish international goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to a report.

Karius endured a nightmare spell at Anfield and was promptly shipped out on loan to Turkish club Besiktas after the arrival of Brazilian superstar Alisson Becker.

The German international has experienced mixed fortunes while with Besiktas, with strings of fine performances often interrupted by unfortunate errors.

Now, a report by online publication Sport Witness (who cite Turkish newspaper Karadeniz Gazetesi) reveal that “Liverpool have offered Loris Karius plus €10m for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.”

Trabzonspor’s Cakir has long been on the radar of the Reds, with club scouts watching him in action earlier this year.

The club’s president recently stated that the Merseyside club had made an offer for Cakir’s services, stating: “There are offers for Cakir, we continue to receive offers. It’s been said Liverpool have made an offer.”

Cakir would be seen as the ideal man to provide stiff competition for Alisson and could potentially end the fairytale spell of Adrian at Anfield.

A deal in the current window appears unlikely, however, with the Sport Witness article stating that “Cakir is likely to stay at Trabzonspor until the end of the season as the Turkish club are in the mix for a Super Lig title.

“However, this is likely to change in the summer as they are in need of money given their poor financial situation.”

The Turkish newspaper report goes on to claim that Liverpool scouts have been “amazed” by Cakir’s statistics.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was not happy recently when comparisons were made between the Aston Villa and Everton matches.

Klopp selected largely a youthful side due to his side’s hectic schedule, although senior stars James Milner, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana all started along with new boy Takumi Minamino.

And while Klopp’s gamble paid off with a hard-fought 1-0 victory, he was quick to play down the result on Friday ahead of the trip to Tottenham.

“Everton could have been different, but Adrian saved our lives with the saves. We can lose a game as long as we do the right things. If you lose? Try again. It worked out v Everton. It was proof for our boys that it can work out,” said Klopp.