Like most transfers, this thing is likely to have a lot of twists and turns in it.
Probably more twists than Lombard Street in San Francisco, but according to reports, the first steps have been taken down the long and winding road in order to make this deal a reality.
According to Football Insider, Stoke City are not opposed to the idea of letting goalkeeper Jack Butland leave the club this transfer window, as they look to get the high-earner off the wage bill, having seen his place taken over by Welsh international Adam Davies between the posts in the Potteries.
Butland is a name that is on the tip of a lot of people’s tongues when it comes to potentially making a move to Anfield to cover up for the injury to first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, with former England international Paul Robinson saying that he thinks that he is somebody that we ‘need’ right now.
Do we need another goalkeeper?
I’ve made my views on the matter known, and I personally think that we don’t need to bring in another goalkeeper. There’s nothing wrong with Adrian as a backup, and we’re only going to need him for a couple of weeks.
If this were a more long-term injury, then I’d be more inclined to try and get an established player in just in case anything goes wrong further down the line (rather than having to trust Caoimhín Kelleher to carry us for a couple of months. But I don’t see the point in us paying big money (enough for Stoke to want to shift it) or in a transfer fee for someone like Butland who is going to spend most of his time on the bench this season if indeed we buy him.
It’s just a waste of money.
What about you? Do you want us to sign Butland?