Liverpool scouts watch keeper put in man-of-the-match display

Date published: Monday 2nd September 2019 3:49

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Liverpool scouted Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir against Fenerbahce on Sunday in Turkey, according to a report.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been linked with Liverpool earlier in the summer and Turkish-Football report that Liverpool scouts were in attendance at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

Apparently the Reds “have been monitoring goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir since last season” as they look for a long-term replacement for Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet left for Club Brugge last month with Adrian, 32, arriving the same day on a free transfer. And the Spaniard has been thrust into the action after the injury to Alisson Becker in the opening game of the season against Norwich.

Liverpool though are understood to be looking for long-term cover for Alisson, with Loris Karius currently on loan at Besiktas with the Super Lig club holding an option to buy.

The report claims Cakir “made eight saves over the course of the 90 minutes including several incredible stops” and was named man of the match.

In May the player’s agent Erdi Kirkpinar confirmed there was interest from several major European clubs, including Liverpool.

Speaking to Turkish publication Ajansspor, he said: “Every team have scouts and some of them are following Ugurcan’s matches. Schalke haven’t made an official offer for him.

“I know Lille and Schalke are following him. Liverpool are also interested in him. Liverpool officials have talked with us, we had some contacts, but no official offer has come from them.”

In July Haber Global’s Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, as cited by Sport Witness, claimed that Liverpool, Lille and Celta Vigo are also said to be interested in the player.

Cakir, who is 1.91m and a Turkey international, has conceded three goals in three games this term and is under contract at Trabzonspor until June 2021.

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