“Since Liverpool last won the league, Peter Schmeichel has signed for Manchester United, won the league, had a son, and now he’s won the league.”
It’s a joke that’s done the rounds countless times since Kasper Schmeichel lifted the Premier League trophy with Leicester in May.
While it won’t have gone down too well with Liverpool fans, they’ll be feeling confident that those kind of comments are about to end.
The feeling on Merseyside is that Jurgen Klopp could finally be the man to end the Reds’ title heartbreak – and it was thought he could even bring in Schmeichel to help him achieve it.
With Leicester struggling dangerously close to the relegation zone, it wouldn’t be hugely surprising if a few of their top stars wanted out.
If that was the case, Anfield would be an obvious destination for the Danish goalkeeper, with the futures of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both in doubt.
Claudio Ranieri doesn’t seem to think this is a possibility.
The Foxes boss has quickly warned Liverpool off his stopper, quoted via the Sun:
“Kasper has a signature on the contract. We won’t sell Kasper under any circumstances.
“We don’t need money. No chance. I’m sorry for Liverpool, they can win the title without Kasper.”
You get the feeling he isn’t really that sorry at all.
While Leicester aren’t faring well in their title defence, Schmeichel has been massive for them in Europe, keeping four clean sheets in six games.
Klopp’s attentions are now likely to turn to Joe Hart, who is likely to return to England after his loan spell at Torino.