Liverpool facing competition to snap up highly-rated English goalkeeper

Liverpool's search for a reliable backup goalkeeper won't be straightforward this summer, with Sheffield United now entering the race to sign Sunderland shot-stopper Anthony Patterson who is believed to be on the radar of the Anfield club.

While Alisson Becker is the club's undisputed number one, current understudy Caoimhin Kelleher is expected to leave the club this summer and question marks still surround whether veteran Adrian will be offered a new deal when his expires in the coming months.

The Reds are, therefore, in the market for a new goalkeeper, and Patterson, who has impressed since taking over as Sunderland's first-choice keeper midway through the 2021/22 League One season, has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Now, though, the recently relegated Sheffield United have entered the fray.

Sheffield United want Patterson as their new goalkeeper

Journalist Alan Nixon reports (via Patreon) that the Blades are now ready to table an ambitious bid of around £8 million for Patterson's signature, presenting a new obstacle for Liverpool.

Nixon suggests that Sheffield United's interest signals their determination to strengthen their squad ahead of their Championship campaign following relegation from the Premier League.

The Blades' defensive woes, exemplified by a record-breaking 101 goals conceded in a single Premier League season, need to be addressed, especially after January signing Ivo Grbic failed to impress between the sticks and with former number one Wes Foderingham's contract set to expire.

Wolves interested in Patterson and Kelleher

While the Yorkshire club's interest appears to be serious, they're not the only suitors sniffing around.

Similarly, Wolves view Patterson as a potential replacement for Jose Sa, although other targets, such as Aaron Ramsdale and Liverpool's own Kelleher, remain under consideration.

Negotiations for Patterson won't be easy, though, with the Black Cats thought to be wanting closer to £15 million for his services.

Additionally, Patterson only signed a new long-term deal at the Stadium of Light last summer, keeping him tied down to the club until 2028.

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