Liverpool eyeing move for in-demand La Liga goalkeeper
In spite of conceding four goals on his senior team debut for Sevilla, 20-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor Vacas is a wanted man, with one report stating that both Liverpool and Real Madrid are admirers.
He was handed a surprise start versus Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night after second-choice Tomas Vaclik suffered an injury in the pre-match warm-up.
Tomas himself was only due to play after first-choice Yassine Bounou contract COVID-19.
In fact, Alfonso was only registered for his side’s Champions League roster in order to fit UEFA’s homegrown requirements, with regular third-choice shot-stopper Javi Diaz left out.
Though Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners because of Olivier Giroud’s excellence, academy-product Alfonso did his growing reputation no harm – making two saves.
AS report that both the Reds and Los Blancos ‘have set their eyes’ on the youngster, whose contract will be no longer valid at the end of the season.
The Anfield outfit currently have the world-class Alisson Becker as their first-choice shot-stopper but may look to improve their backup variants soon.
33-year-old Adrian has been guilty of several high-profile mistakes in recent displays and was benched in favour of youngster Caiomhin Kelleher for the midweek win against Ajax.
While 22-year-old Caiomhin could be promoted to Liverpool’s first-choice stand-in, Adrian’s deal expires at the end of the campaign, which could open up a berth for another star to come in.
The Reds do also have highly rated talents Vitezslav Jaros and Marcelo Pitaluga on their books, while on-loan Loris Karius has a deal that runs until June 2022.
Whether the Reds would want another teenager to add to their current team or a more experienced Adrian-type remains to be seen.