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After his dreadful display in the Champions League final, it’s safe to say that Loris Karius’ career at Liverpool might just be over. Ever since he joined the club, the German goalkeeper has never cemented himself in the Liverpool side. With that said, following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, the Merseyside club should target, Jack Butland.
If Liverpool are to win a title this year, Jurgen Klopp must sign a top-class goalkeeper. Loris Karius has had his chance but continually failed to come up with the goods, and as for Simon Mignolet, if he’s second to Karius, then that tells you what Klopp thinks of him.
Although he’s second to Jordan Pickford for England, Jack Butland still remains one of the bets goalkeeping talents in the country.
Butland left Birmingham City’s academy for £3.5 million in 2013 and ever since he has gone to become one of Stoke’s best players.
Valued at £19.8 million by Transfermarkt, the England goalkeeper could well go for even less due to Stoke’s relegation. However, new boss Gary Rowett has confirmed that he will speak to the goalkeeper, whom he is very keen to keep at the club.
“Because Jack is a terrific goalkeeper and obviously with England at the moment everyone will speculate that because you’ve been relegated, of course he’s going to have to go, he’s going to want to go.”
“But the reality is – you’ve seen it with Joe Allen and others – people want to be at this club.”
He’s the ideal candidate to mind the nets at Anfield for years to come. A stoic presence between the sticks, Butland’s shot-stopping abilities and high concentrations levels would stand him in good stead in a team who largely dominate games, not giving him all that much to do until the inevitable defensive lapse.
Clearly, he’s got a long way to go to wrestle the England No.1 jersey from Pickford, though a move to Liverpool could give him the platform to do exactly that.