Darren Bent urges Liverpool to sign former Arsenal transfer target David Raya to replace Adrian

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been urged to sign David Raya
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been urged to sign David Raya (Picture: Getty)

Darren Bent has urged Liverpool to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya to replace back-up goalkeeper Adrian.

Reds’ No. 1 Alisson is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury and his deputy, Adrian, made another mistake during last weekend’s incredible 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

While the summer transfer window closed last week, domestic deals can still be completed up until October 16.

Former England striker Bent believes Premier League champions Liverpool ‘need to address’ their goalkeeping situation and says they should target Raya.

The 25-year-old has impressed for Championship club Brentford over the past 18 months, with his performances attracting interest from Arsenal before they signed Alex Runarsson as Bernd Leno’s deputy.

Bent told Football Insider: ‘For me, I think it is an issue that they [Liverpool] need to address. But where can you find a backup goalkeeper now?

The goalkeeper has impressed for Championship club Brentford
The goalkeeper has impressed for Championship club Brentford (Picture: Getty)

‘We are talking about the Premier League champions so it shouldn’t be that hard but where do you get a goalkeeper that is going to be happy coming into the team to play for six weeks until Alisson comes back and then you’re back on the bench.

‘It has to be a concern because they have seen first-hand what happens when you don’t have an adequate backup goalkeeper.

‘The only one who I can think of as a potentially good back-up goalkeeper is David Raya, maybe him. At the highest level now you can’t just rely on your one goalkeeper.

‘The days of Brad Friedel or David James where you can go so long without getting an injury, seasons without getting an injury, seem to be a thing of the past.

‘I think you need two very good goalkeepers now. They need to find one whose close to Alisson, he’s never going to be as good as Alisson.’

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also been urged to address their goalkeeping situation by signing Jack Butland from Stoke City.

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