Liverpool Transfer News: Jack Butland Linked in Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03:  Jack Butland of Stoke City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Liverpool are reportedly growing in confidence that they can complete a deal for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer worth a potential £40 million.

According to John Richardson of the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal also have an interest in the 24-year-old stopper, but Butland is said to prefer a switch to Anfield, where he could play under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

As noted in the report, the fee would potentially usurp the world-record sum paid for a goalkeeper. That mark is currently the £34.7 million that Manchester City shelled out to secure Ederson from Benfica ahead of this season.

"Liverpool who have also been interested in Roma's Brazilian stopper Alisson have decided that Butland's Premier League experience can prove vital as they look to become realistic title challengers next season," Richardson noted.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Jack Butland of Stoke City makes a save during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on January 15, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Richardson also reported that while Loris Karius has been impressive between the sticks at Anfield lately, Butland would be an "upgrade" in the eyes of Klopp.

While Stoke have been in terrible form this season—they are in 19th position in the table ahead of their match with City on Monday—Butland has been a consistent performer at the base of the side. Indeed, his manager Paul Lambert clearly rates the England international highly, per Goal UK:

There have been some moments to forget for the former Birmingham City man this term, including a comical recent gaffe that cost his side a goal against Leicester City.

But there's no denying Butland is a talent. At his best, he can offer a little bit of everything, as he is dominant in his box and quick off his line. Additionally, Butland is one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League; without him, Stoke's plight would potentially be even worse.

Liverpool's goalkeeper spot has been up for debate this season, although Karius has recently wrestled the starting berth from Simon Mignolet.

Per Philip Blundell from The Anfield Wrap, the German has looked increasingly like he can be a long-term option for the Reds:

While there are still rough edges to his game, there has been a lot to like about the way Karius has played recently. He's always seeking to get on the front foot, take pressure off his defence and, in recent home wins against Newcastle United and West Ham United, made important saves.

Karius has been impressive recently.
Karius has been impressive recently.Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Karius has certainly given Klopp a decision to make on whether or not a new starter is needed. And you sense the current Liverpool goalkeeper, who will be part of the team's push to finish in the top four and win the UEFA Champions League, will get a chance to stake his claim further in the coming weeks.

Butland may represent a tempting option for a lot of sides, as he has the potential to be a secure option at the base of a team for many years. However, at this moment in time, it's unclear whether he is a significant improvement on Karius.

Related

    Klopp Reveals Why Firmino's Been Dropped vs. WBA

    Liverpool logo
    Liverpool

    Klopp Reveals Why Firmino's Been Dropped vs. WBA

    via mirror

    Live: West Brom vs. Liverpool

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Live: West Brom vs. Liverpool

    SkySports
    via SkySports

    Ronaldo Set for New Madrid Deal Before World Cup

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Ronaldo Set for New Madrid Deal Before World Cup

    Matt Jones
    via Bleacher Report

    Arsenal Legend Convinced Wenger Was Sacked 😳

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Arsenal Legend Convinced Wenger Was Sacked 😳

    Evening Standard
    via Evening Standard