Liverpool advised to move for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland

Butland is destined to change clubs this summer. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool should take advantage of Jack Butland’s uncertain future at Stoke City and sign the England international this summer, according to former defender Mark Lawrenson.

Loris Karius’ error-strewn display in the Champions League final against Real Madrid is expected to lead to the Reds moving for a new stopper.

Roma’s Alisson Becker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield but the Serie A club will demand £79m to part ways with the Brazil international.

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Jurgen Klopp has already kick-started his summer spending with the signing of Fabinho from Monaco, while Naby Keita will also arrive from RB Leipzig after an agreement was struck last year.

And Lawrenson feels that any leftover cash should be spent on Butland, who is destined to leave Stoke this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

‘He’s had a poor season,’ Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘Maybe this might be the time to take him.

‘You’ll have to look around to see how much money they’ve got.

Chelsea could look to Butland to replace Thibaut Courtois. (Picture: Getty Images)‘I don’t think the budget was assigned for the outfield player. He might miss out on an outfield player to get a goalkeeper.’

Chelsea have recently been linked with a move for Butland amid speculation regarding the long-term future of Thibaut Courtois, though any deal is expected to cost around £30m.

Butland is currently with the England squad preparing for the World Cup where he is expected to start the tournament as the number two behind Jordan Pickford.

Speaking last month upon being included in England’s 23-man squad, the 25-year-old indicated he would wait until after the summer to decide his future.

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‘I’m contracted to Stoke. I’m really looking forward to this summer and the World Cup is the main part of that,’ he said. ‘What will be will be, I don’t have anything in the pipeline and there’s no focus on that at the minute.

‘The most important thing for me is being part of a successful England squad and being as big a part of it as I can. That’s my only goal right now.

‘Any time you get called up for England is incredible, especially after a tough season, but regardless of whatever happened in the season a World Cup year is something special for all of us.’

Ray Clemence believes Jack Butland can turn Liverpool into title contenders

Jack Butland has impressed Liverpool legend Ray Clemence (Picture: Getty)Ray Clemence has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Jack Butland to transform Liverpool into Premier League title contenders.

Third-placed Liverpool are 19 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and there are serious questions regarding the club’s goalkeeping situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

Loris Karius has nailed down his place as the Reds’ number one in recent weeks but Clemence is skeptical that the German has what it takes to become a top-class ‘keeper.

Clemence also admitted that he ‘feels sorry’ for Simon Mignolet, with the Belgium international only making one Premier League appearance since the turn of the year.

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The ex-England shot-stopper 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 know Simon Mignolet really well I keep in contact with him on Twitter and stuff and I feel sorry for him.

Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have been battling for the number one spot at Anfield (Picture: Getty)‘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.

‘I didn’t look at him as a great shot stopper I didn’t look at him as someone who commanded his box. His distribution was probably better than Mignolet’s.

Ray Clemence believes Jack Butland is the man for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘So, obviously Mignolet made mistakes, the other fella he came in, he made mistakes. And to be fair to Jurgen, he’s obviously decided, ‘He’s not for me and the other lad is going to have a chance at the end of the season’.

‘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.’

Jurgen Klopp may be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer (Picture: Getty)

Jack Butland is hoping to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)Clemence believes Stoke star Jack Butland could be the answer for Liverpool ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

‘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.

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‘If ever I saw somebody who was focused on being the England goalkeeper, or being a top goalkeeper from a young age it was him.

‘He’s one of these lovely people … when you are talking to people, it’s great when they look you in the eye and you know they are taking it in, and they want to learn from experienced people.’

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Jack Butland to snub Arsenal interest and sign for Liverpool in £40million transfer

Jack Butland would favour a move to Liverpool in the summer (Picture: Getty)Jack Butland is ready to snub interest from Arsenal and sign for Liverpool in the summer, according to reports.

Petr Cech’s form has forced Arsenal to reconsider their options ahead of next season with David Ospina expected to leave the club after the World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp has recently placed his faith in Loris Karius but the Mirror claims the German believes England international Butland would represent an upgrade on his current options.

Earlier this week reports claimed Simon Mignolet had switched agents with a view to leaving Anfield at the end of the current campaign.

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Simon Mignolet is expected to leave Liverpool this summer (Picture: Getty)Stoke are resigned to losing their No.1 goalkeeper but believe they can attract a fee in advance of the world record £34.7million which brought Ederson to Manchester City from Benfica.

Butland is said to be aware of Arsenal’s interest but the prospect of working with Klopp is likely to heavily influence his decision.

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Chelsea target Jack Butland favours transfer move to Liverpool

Jack Butland wants to join Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is reportedly pushing for a move to Liverpool.

Butland has made 59 Premier League appearances for the Potters since arriving at the club back in 2013, but the 24-year-old is being heavily linked with a transfer away from the bet365 Stadium.

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It’s understood Butland is firmly on Chelsea‘s radar, with Antonio Conte on the hunt for Thibaut Courtois’ long-term replacement at Stamford Bridge.

However, according to football.London, the England shot-stopper would prefer to follow Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool.

It’s claimed Stoke are demanding a fee of around £30million for Butland so the Reds will have to splash the cash to land their target.

Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper (Picture: Getty)Both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius continue to struggle between the sticks for the Merseyside giants and Jurgen Klopp is itching to find a replacement.

Asked about transfer rumours back in May, Butland said: ‘I see it as a really positive thing. It is nice to be recognised, I must be doing something right.

‘But I also have to remember I have been out for a year now and I just need to get back to doing what I love doing and the rest will take care of itself.’

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Butland is tied into a contract at Stoke until the summer of 2021.