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Graeme Souness identifies Chelsea transfer target after Liverpool exit Europe

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been advised to cut his losses on Kepa Arrizabalaga by signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the wake of the astounding performance that helped his side knock Liverpool out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Reds dominated the game and had 11 shots on target in the game, nine of which were saved by the big Slovenian gloveman.

Liverpool scored via Georginio Wijnaldum's header and then took the lead in the tie when Roberto Firmino scored in extra time.

But Oblak's excellence allowed Atletico to mount a later comeback and prompted former Kop icon Graeme Souness to call on the Blues to sign him up

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Hailing Oblak’s magnificent performance in the RTE studio, Niall Quinn said: "It was a tale of two goalkeepers.

"Oblak was absolutely superb, he was making saves all over and was impossible to breach at times.

"Liverpool will look back at this and say, “How did these not go in?!”, but you still felt even after that that it was going to come.

"It wasn’t perfect defending by any stretch, it was down to their ‘keeper who was really keeping it out."

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Oblak's release clause was raised to £106m when he penned a new contract at the end of last season.

Atletico paid Benfica just 16 million euros for the the 27-year-old in 2014.

Lampard has dropped Kepa in recent weeks after some mediocre performances from the young Spaniard.

"I don't expect smiley faces when people get dropped, I just expect reactions," the Blues boss said.

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"With the competition in squads now … you have to always be aware that if your standards drop or if the manager chooses for whatever reason, [to leave you out] you need to handle it in the right way."

Lampard added that Kepa's reaction to being dropped had been "good."

Kepa was expected to go from strength to strength when Chelsea paid a world-record £72m transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed him in the summer of 2018.

  • Champions League
  • Frank Lampard
  • Chelsea FC
  • Liverpool FC
  • Atletico Madrid FC

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