Jack Butland spoke out in favour of finishing the Premier League season yesterday, something Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear.
Butland was speaking on Talksport and said he believed finishing the season was the right thing to do. This, of course, plays into Liverpool’s hands given their massive lead in the title race.
But away from just commenting on Liverpool, Butland could actually solve a problem for the Reds when the transfer window opens.
Despite playing for struggling Stoke City, Butland is still regarded as a top goalkeeper. It could make sense, then, for Liverpool to make a move for the 27-year-old.
Given the struggles the likes of Adrian have had this season, it’s an obvious place for strengthening.
A number two, but Butland would get games with Liverpool
The big sticking point when it comes to Jack Butland leaving Stoke is finding somewhere where he is going to be the number one stopper.
However, he might be willing to move to Liverpool and be the understudy to Alisson Becker.
Given the number of games Liverpool will play, Butland would get ample opportunities. FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League games would all open doors for Butland to get minutes under his belt.
We saw just last month how much Liverpool need a reliable second stopper. Adrian’s performance against Atletico Madrid essentially knocked Liverpool out of the competition.
It is vitally important, then, that Jurgen Klopp addresses things. Signing someone like Butland might just work out.
Previous interest in Butland
Let’s not forget that Liverpool have been linked with Butland in the past.
Back in 2018, the Reds were reportedly (Express) keen on landing the former England goalkeeper. Jurgen Klopp was desperate for a new stopper at the time but failed in his pursuit of Butland.
There’s no reason that Liverpool can’t revisit this interest now. Butland is there for the taking given Stoke’s struggles and could well come relatively cheap.
In the case of Butland and Liverpool, it might just be that patience eventually pays off for the Reds.