Liverpool must sign Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy instead of Jack Butland

Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy continued his fine run of form in his side’s crucial 1-0 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night, and Liverpool should look to sign the 28-year-old stopper instead of Stoke City’s Jack Butland.

What’s the word, then?

Alex McCarthy celebrates with Mark Hughes

Well, the Merseyside outfit have been linked with a move for the England international in recent weeks as Jurgen Klopp looks to bring in more competition for Loris Karius between the sticks, and The Telegraph says that the Potters will demand £40m for the 25-year-old despite the club’s relegation to the Championship on Saturday.

Butland may well be in demand from a number of Premier League clubs this summer, but the Reds perhaps should turn their attentions to McCarthy instead, who has been a hero in Saints’ battle against the drop and has earned rave reviews from the supporters for his displays – he kept a clean sheet and made a couple of brilliant saves in the win against Swansea which left them on the verge of preserving their top flight status.

How has McCarthy done this season?

The 28-year-old hadn’t even made a single appearance for the club this term until December 30, when he replaced Fraser Forster in the XI for the trip to Manchester United following a 5-2 loss against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Boxing Day.

The stopper kept a clean sheet at Old Trafford and has been an ever-present since, pulling off brilliant saves and commanding his area as the team has taken seven points from the last nine available in the Premier League.

Why should Liverpool sign him?

There are a number of reasons.

Firstly, McCarthy is showing just how good a goalkeeper he is right now, with his saves from Ryan Fraser, Leighton Baines and Jordan Ayew in the last three games respectively absolutely top class.

The 28-year-old will be pushing for an England spot in the future if this form continues, and it would be difficult to argue that there is much between him and Butland right now.

Meanwhile, if there is any truth to the story that Stoke want £40m for their goalkeeper, Liverpool would be much better opting for McCarthy instead if they want to save some money, with the Saints man currently having just a year left on his contract.