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Liverpool targetting Jack Butland to replace Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool are set to battle it out against Merseyside rivals Everton for the signature of Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer, according to the Mirror.

Simon Mignolet's place in the team has continuously been scrutinised as he has been deemed substandard and doesn't deserve to play for such a prestigious club. With Klopp taking over, it was inevitable that the Reds would be linked to a replacement sooner rather than later.

The Belgian's mistake against Bordeaux in the Europa League - where he broke the six-second rule - was another reminder he may not be up to the standard Klopp demands.

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Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Bernd Leno and Timo Horn in recent weeks but it seems that one of the Premier League's standout performers so far this season could be making the move to Anfield.

The 22-year old keeper has played an integral part in Stoke's early campaign by contributing with five clean sheets in just fourteen games.

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Having made his debut for England in a friendly when he was just 19-years old, he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a senior game for the Three Lions. Since then, plenty of scouts and fans around Europe have kept their eye on his development.

Not all supporters are adamant Mignolet is incapable of putting in consistent performances. Albeit there are certain aspects of his game which undeniably need improving such as his awareness - proven against Bordeaux - and his ability to command the 18-yard box.

His presence on the pitch is heard by many fans inside the stadium as he is continuously keeps the communication flowing through the defence. The Belgian's shot-stopping is second to none in the Premier League, but his capability to punch or collect from crosses is another aspect of his game which needs improving.

Butland is five years younger than the current Liverpool 'keeper and has unquestionably been putting in better performances so far this season, a move for the England international in the summer would be understandable. But, with the reported price being close to £20 million, doubts remain whether he would be worth that fee.

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