The question of ‘who should be Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper’ has been a huge point of debate for a number of years.
Loris Karius has been the answer to that particular question in recent weeks, with Simon Mignolet not having been involved in any game since 27th January, his longest spell without a game all season.
However that the question of the long-term number one could be answered this summer with reports today claiming that the Merseyside club are ‘confident’ of completing a £40 million signing for a new first choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool have been linked with Roma’s Brazilian stopper Alisson Becker in what has been touted as a £60m deal, but the Sunday Mirror today claim that they are instead hoping to sign Stoke City and England goalkeeper, Jack Butland.
Despite Stoke currently sitting in the drop zone, Butland has had a very good season and is being tipped to be the first choice goalkeeper for England at this summer’s World Cup, especially as Joe Hart’s disappointing form continues.
If Butland were to move for £40m, it would be a new world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the £35m that Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last summer.
It would be the latest in the line of big money deals being sanctioned by Jurgen Klopp, with Mo Salah joining the club last summer for £35m, before being joined by £75m January transfer Virgil van Dijk. They have also agreed to pay Naby Keita’s £48m release clause with the midfielder set to join in July.