Euro 2024 star drops major hint over transfer plan after Liverpool links

Giorgi Mamardashvili of Georgia, speaks during the press conference at Cologne Stadium
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Giorgi Mamardashvili has seemingly closed the door on a move to Liverpool despite recent speculation linking him with the Reds.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been one of the stars of Euro 2024 so far, helping Georgia defy the odds to reach the knockout stages in their first ever major finals appearance. While they suffered a hefty 4-1 defeat to Spain in the round-of-16, they clinched a famous 2-0 victory over Portugal to qualify for such a stage, and have been one of the feel-good stories of the tournament.

Most memorably keeping a clean sheet against the Portuguese, Mamardashvili has been linked with a number of high-profile clubs in recent weeks - including Liverpool.

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However, having established himself as first-choice at Valencia over the past two and a half season seasons, making 100 appearances in total since joining the La Liga outfit in the summer of 2021, Mamardashvili has insisted he has no interest in moving on to sit on the bench elsewhere.

Bayern still have the best goalkeeper in the world,” he told Sky Sports in Germany when asked about a possible move to Bayern Munich. “Therefore, it's currently not possible to move there.

“I would only go there if I'll play. If I don't play, then no.”

If Mamardashvili has ruled out moving to Bayern, where 38-year-old Manuel Neuer is currently first-choice, such an admission would seemingly also apply to Liverpool.

Alisson Becker is the Reds’ undisputed first-choice goalkeeper, with Caoimhin Kelleher expected to move on this summer after four years as the Brazilian’s deputy. Adrian has also left the club after his contract expired, with Liverpool poised to strengthen their goalkeeping department as a result.

While the Irishman is not confirmed to be leaving, the Reds have done well to retain Kelleher’s services for as long as they have. The 25-year-old has regularly been linked with an exit in search of first-team football, and, when the time comes, will leave a tough void to fill as a goalkeeper realistic of his starting opportunities behind Alisson, yet also of sufficient quality to deputise.

With Mamardashvili insisting he is not interested in leaving Valencia and being back-up elsewhere, it highlights the quandary Liverpool will face when trying to sign a new goalkeeper, given Alisson’s status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.