Liverpool have one last chance to sign a new goalkeeper whilst Brazilian star Alisson is out with a shoulder injury.
The Reds were forced to call upon deputy Adrian for their match against Aston Villa, which they lost in unexpected fashion. Despite a poor team effort all round, fingers are once again being pointed at the former West Ham man, who let seven goals in at Villa Park on Sunday.
The summer transfer window has now slammed shut, but Liverpool have until October 16 to raid the EFL and come up with a solution to their goalkeeping woes.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, the reigning Premier League champions are in hot pursuit of Stoke City’s No.1 Jack Butland. With Alisson set to miss the Merseyside derby against an in-form Everton, the Reds are rethinking their options in the net. After registering their interest, SkyBet have made Liverpool the new favourites to secure the signing of the England international.
Alisson’s injury means that Adrian and youngster Caoimhin Kelleher are the only senior options Jurgen Klopp can turn to. With a lot of surprise package teams this season, Liverpool mustn’t underestimate any opponent. Their humiliating 7-2 defeat to Villa will certainly vouch for this.
No transfer fee has been named for Butland his current Transfermarkt value is a mere £5.8million, which could see Stoke quote a similar asking price, given the fact he is in the last 12 month of his contract. The 27-year-old is currently on a wage of £35,000 per week (via Spotrac).
With main title challengers Manchester City and Chelsea behind the Reds in the table, the Villa loss hasn’t set them back too much. But Liverpool are also due to play two Champions League group matches without Alisson and with Ajax looming in the distance, they could be in for another upset unless they improve their goalkeeping options.
Butland would offer them Premier League and international experience, having featured nine times for England and played 77 times in England’s top flight. He has been raved about by many in the past too, including his ex-manager Gary Rowett who labelled his performance against Bristol City in 2018 as “absolutely outstanding.”
Taking all of this into account, added to the fact he is still just 27-years-old, this could be smart business from the Reds.