Liverpool want Jack Butland, according to reports. Here are three reasons why we don’t see a move making sense right now.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool are actually in negotiations with Stoke City over Jack Butland. Jurgen Klopp worries over Adrian, they say, and the club have looked to bring in someone new.
The main transfer deadline has passed, of course, but the Domestic Transfer Window remains open. That means Liverpool – along with all other Premier League clubs – can still sign players from the EFL.
Despite that opportunity, we don’t think it makes sense to sign Butland right now. Here are three reasons why.
That Domestic Transfer Window may be open but the deadline for the Champions League has passed. Liverpool have announced their squad and no new players could feature until the knockout stage.
So even if Liverpool did sign Butland, they’d still need to use Adrian in some major games. Does it really make any sense to invest in a new player who only fixes half a problem?
We don’t think so.
There are currently a couple of high-potential goalkeepers in the squad. Firstly, there’s Caoimhín Kelleher. The Irishman has featured in a few first-team games with mixed results. But he’s still only 21 – there’s real potential there.
Then Liverpool have just signed Marcelo Pitaluga from Brazil. The 17-year-old sounds like another real talent and, obviously, one for the future.
Signing someone new eliminates any chance of these two getting first-team opportunities over the next few years. We’re not sure that’s worth it.
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Honestly, the biggest reason Liverpool shouldn’t sign Butland is that he’s not that good. In fact, he was making far more mistakes than Adrian this time last year – and in an inferior league.
Just take a look at this as Butland’s errors gave Preston North End a victory over Stoke City. They prompted then-boss Nathan Jones to discuss why the player was struggling.
One month later there’s this as Butland continued to struggle in the Championship. As the article states, Butland had made four errors leading to goals by September 28th.
Adrian makes too many mistakes. There’s no denying that. But spending money on a new goalkeeper who also makes plenty of mistakes seems like a very counter-productive strategy.