Liverpool Told to Splash £40m to Sign 24-year-old PL Stopper

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Ray Clemence has urged Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland to transform the Reds into a title contender.

Third-placed the Merseyside Reds are 19 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and ahead of the new season there has been serious doubts over the Reds goalie.

German goalkeeper Loris Karius has nailed down a starting spot under Jurgen Klopp in the recent weeks, however, Clemence is sceptical that the former Mainz stopper has what it takes to become a world-class keeper.

Clemence also revealed that he ‘feels sorry’ for Belgium international stopper Simon Mignolet, as he has only made one Premier League appearance since the 2018 year.

The ex-England goalie told The Liverpool Echo: ‘For 18 months at Anfield I was watching them and I was closing my eyes because I didn’t know what the hell was going to happen. If only I had a pair of gloves!

‘I looked at the two keepers at the start of the year and thought ‘Simon Mignolet is a good shot stopper, he’s not great on crosses, not great on distribution and I’m not sure how he controls the back four, though it is more difficult now because you have different nationalities in front of you’.

‘And then I looked at the German lad [Karius] and I thought, ‘Good looking lad but I’m not sure what his strengths are.

‘Now to be fair, the last four weeks I’ve seen some improvement in him. I still think he doesn’t do right but he’s better than what he was.

‘So I still think to be a team that has got a chance of winning the league title is that we need a top quality goalkeeper.’

Clemence is believed that Stoke no.1 Jack Butland could be the answer for Liverpool problems in the goal and signing him could turn the Reds into a title contender.

‘I’d go with Jack Butland of Stoke,’ he said.

‘I’ve known Jack since he was 15. I’ve worked with him since he was 16.”