Chris Kirkland told Liverpool to sign Jordan Pickford in 2016
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Chris Kirkland told Liverpool to sign Jordan Pickford in 2016

Liverpool fans will be telling their kids and grandkids about the Holy Goalie and his antics this season. Alisson Becker is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and he even scores goals. As a result, Liverpool fans should be relieved the Reds ignored Chris Kirkland when he urged the club to sign Jordan Pickford.

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Remember Chris Kirkland?

Liverpool signed Chris Kirkland in 2001.

He arrived for £6m and was the most expensive British goalkeeper in history at the time, he was just 20-years-old when the Reds broke the record to bring him in from Coventry.

Signed as backup to Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, Kirkland made just 25 league appearances for the Reds during his five year stay with the club.

Injuries also played their part, with a recurring back problem robbing him of his chance to nail down the number one spot – he made 14 league appearances at the start of the 2004-05 season before being ruled out.

In July 2006 the keeper signed for Wigan on loan and the deal was made permanent at a later date.

Chris Kirkland on Jordan Pickford

In the later stages of his career Chris Kirkland spent time at Preston North End.

Whilst there the ex-Red came across a promising young goalkeeper.

Chris Kirkland was impressed by Jordan Pickford who was on loan from Sunderland at the time. The Liverpool ECHO quote the former Anfield goalie as saying:

“I told some of the Liverpool staff that Jordan [Pickford] was the best young keeper I had worked with.

“I told them he was going to be something special. But obviously, nobody listened and he eventually ended up at Everton!”

What RTK has to say

Phew, that was a close one.

We’re much happier with the Holy Goalie than we would be with Jordan Pickford.

Alisson has such long arms.

We wouldn’t swap our Brazilian hero for anybody in the world, if we had signed Pickford he wouldn’t get near the side at the moment.

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