As reported by The Mirror, Liverpool are closing in on a £40m move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland this summer.
A big priority for many Liverpool supporters this summer is signing a top quality goalkeeper to complement their improving defence and it seems that’s also a priority for Jurgen Klopp and the club.
The Mirror report that Liverpool are ready to offer a massive £40m for Stoke City’s Jack Butland, a fee which would be a world record for a goalkeeper if it comes off.
The paper say the shot-stopper is keen on a move to Anfield, rather than making a switch to Arsenal.
Is he the answer to Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems?
Jurgen Klopp has struggled to find a reliable goalkeeper during his time at Anfield and this season has been no different with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius struggling to make the number one spot their own.
Despite Stoke’s problems this season, Jack Butland is seen as one of the division’s finest between the sticks and on his day has won points for the Potters, examples being their 1-0 win over Arsenal in August when he put in a man-of-the-match calibre performance or against Southampton just last week when he helped keep another clean sheet.
His best season so far came in 2015/16 when he kept an impressive 10 clean sheets for Stoke, conceding just 37 goals in 31 appearances.
The England international’s side may be shipping goals an at extraordinary rate and struggling to stay up this season but few have been his fault and he has the ability to come in and provide stability behind the Reds’ defensive line.
He should be definitely considered as a solution to Klopp’s goalkeeping woes this summer.