It’s long been known that Crystal Palace are keen to sign a new goalkeeper during the January transfer window, with PSG’s Kevin Trapp having been regularly mentioned as a target but now it looks as though Liverpool may be poised to steal a match on Roy Hodgson and make a play for him.
Having appeared more than 30 times for the French super-club last term, Trapp was hopeful of retaining his place during the 2017-18 campaign but has found himself sidelined so far thanks to the presence of Alphonse Areola. The 24-year-old appears to be manager Unai Emery’s keeper of choice, making 24 appearances so far this term whilst Trapp lags behind on just three.
At 27, the German international is understandably keen to ensure he plays regularly, which is why a switch to Selhurst Park may look appealing. Regardless of our league position, neither Julian Speroni or Wayne Hennessey are viewed as feasible long-term options between the sticks, leaving a clear path for Trapp to take the role as the Eagles’ number one.
Of course, Liverpool’s unique goalkeeping issues could also mean Trapp is granted a starting berth immediately by Jurgen Klopp, with Trapp no doubt intrigued by the prospect of working under the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund gaffer at Anfield.
Neither Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius appear to be playing with the sort of confidence that is required from a keeper at the top level, leading Klopp to grow frustrated at the amount of points his side are squandering in their pursuit of a top four place. Although no one can be sure if Trapp would represent a more solid force for the Reds, it’s certainly easy to see why the Liverpool boss is open to the idea of trying someone new.
From the outside looking in, it seems as though both Palace and Liverpool have a realistic chance of landing the PSG stopper and with the January window now just around the corner we probably haven’t got long to wait until we discover which way the wind is blowing.