In Focus: Butland can solve Liverpool’s longstanding goalkeeping problem

As reported by The Sun, Liverpool are interested in signing Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland this summer, potentially finally solving the Reds’ longstanding goalkeeping problem.

What’s the story?

Jurgen Klopp has failed to find a regular and reliable number one at Anfield. Both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have been given extended runs in the team this season only to eventually be replaced.

One man they’re looking at investing in to find stability in the position in Stoke City’s England international Jack Butland.

That’s according to The Sun, who say the Reds are lining up a £40m move this summer.

However, they will face competition from Arsenal, who are looking to replace veteran Premier League veteran Petr Cech with the shot-stopper, say the paper.

Can he become number 1 at Anfield?

Stoke City may have conceded more goals than any other side in the English Premier League this season, but Butland is still seen as an elite prospect who at 24 years of age is still something of a youngster as goalkeepers go.

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.

He is capable of making fantastic stops and also has the distribution chops to fit into Jurgen Klopps quick, counter-attacking system. Recovering from serious injury, he’s also shown he has the mental fortitude to make it at the highest level.

With six caps so far for England, many see him as the future of the national team and a move to a big club like Liverpool would certainly boost his chances of making that happen.