Jack Butland.

Liverpool consider £20m move for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland

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When Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was criticised for his performance against Bordeaux, Jurgen Klopp appeared keen to shrug it off as an honest mistake.

The 27-year-old failed to release the ball for an astonishing 21 seconds during Thursday's Europa League clash, resulting in an indirect free-kick from 12-yards out, which the French club converted.

But while the German manager seemed unconcerned by what was another unconvincing performance from his goalkeeper, behind the scenes he could well be preparing to replace him at the end of the current campaign.


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According to the Sun on Sunday, Klopp and his transfer committee are considering a £20million transfer bid for Stoke City's up-and-coming star Jack Butland.

They do not believe they can convince their Premier League rivals to sell in January, but they are more than happy to wait for the summer before making a formal approach.

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Klopp has been in charge of Liverpool for almost two months now and has been busy assessing each and every member of the squad.

As the majority of Liverpool fans will tell you, Mignolet has been less than impressive this season, making him the likeliest casualty of a Klopp-led revolution.

Top talent

Butland, 22, has emerged as one of the Premier League's brightest young talents and has already earned three senior caps for Roy Hodgson's England.

His homegrown status means he will come at a significant premium, but Liverpool have showed little reluctance to pay top dollar for the best of England's young talent.

Other options

Liverpool have also been linked with Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who has been struggling to get game time ahead of Claudio Bravo at the Nou Camp.

Klopp has followed the career of the 23-year-old since his days at Borussia Dortmund and has sensed an opportunity to snatch his signature.


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