This certainly would be a different route to go down.
I just don’t think it would necessarily be the best route, or indeed if it’s a route we should even be contemplating going down at this stage. There’s been plenty of talk about Liverpool potentially signing a goalkeeper before the domestic transfer window ends, with Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland being a name heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
Now whilst James Pearce has said that he doesn’t think we’ll even make a move for a goalkeeper, it’s never over until the window slams shut.
However, in an interview with Football Insider, former Premier League forward Kevin Phillips thinks that we should go down a different road entirely when it comes to solving our supposed problems in goal, opting for a more experienced choice:
“If I was Jürgen Klopp, I would go for Ben Foster. If you put me on the spot. Give me Ben Foster any day of the week. He was outstanding for Watford last season, even though they went down. Foster is a safe pair of hands, even at his age.
I would pick him over Jack Butland. Foster has been far more consistent and has the greater experience as well.”
Do we need another goalkeeper?
Now I personally have never been a fan of going down the road of bringing in that ‘experienced’ older third choice goalkeeper to sit on the bench and play one game a year, it just comes across as a waste of money, it’s why I didn’t like us signing Andy Lonergan last year, so I’m definitely not going to endorse a move like this.
Combine that with my belief that we don’t even need to sign another goalkeeper, and this is a move that just doesn’t make sense for me on multiple levels. If you want to bring someone in to work alongside the senior players, I’d rather have a young one like Caoimhín Kelleher take that role instead.
What about you? If we were to sign a goalkeeper, who would you go for?