It is little secret to the footballing world that Premier League giants Liverpool have a goalkeeper problem. Neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius have established themselves as a consistent and reliable starter for the Reds, and Jurgen Klopp has understandably been in the market for a replacement for some time.
Jack Butland seems to be the name that has reached the top of the Merseyside club’s shopping list, according to the Sun, but the Stoke shot stopper is rumoured to be valued at around £40m, which is a significant fee.
Liverpool did deal with their defensive issues when they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January, but they have conceded 31 times this season, which is the most of any club inside the top five.
Until they can consistently keep clean sheets and grind out wins, the Reds may struggle to compete at the very top. Butland would certainly go a long way towards helping in that regard, and the 24-year old has emerged as one of the county’s top talents over the past few seasons.
Jurgen Klopp will face competition from rivals Arsenal however, if reports are to be believed, as Arsene Wenger is seeking a replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.