by José Díaz Navarro (@cheduardo99)
Although it is always harsh to single out one player after a dismally bad display, the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa made one thing patently clear: Adrian San Miguel doesn’t quite have what it takes to be Liverpool’s number two, especially in the long run.
On deadline day it was rumoured that Liverpool were looking to sign Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga, but the transfer never happened.Embed from Getty Images
As per a story in The Mirror last week, Liverpool have their eyes set on Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
With the domestic transfer window open until Friday the 16 October, could we see the England international at Anfield? Unlikely. But never say never.
How Did He Get Here?
The goalkeeper became the youngest ever to feature for the England international team and was even tipped to become a first-team regular. Sadly for Butland, his career has been on a downward spiral ever since with his last appearance for Stoke City a 5-0 loss to Leeds United on July 9th, 2020.Embed from Getty Images
Having lost his place in the team, coupled with the fact he is one the club’s highest-paid players – and with just 12 months left on his current contract – this could be a deal which benefits both parties. If he was to end up at Anfield, he could make his debut against Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.
Adrian v. Butland
Last season, Jack Butland played a total of 36 games and conceded 58 goals, keeping just nine clean sheets.
On the other hand, Adrian played a total of 18 games for the Reds last season and conceded 24 while only managing three shutouts.Embed from Getty Images
Comparing the 1.03 goals Adrian conceded per game last season to Butland’s 1.51, it’s quite tough to see which of the two the more capable between the sticks. But, of course, the former is playing for one of Europe’s best; behind one of Europe’s best defences; skewing the stats.. ever so slightly…
Regardless, Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live suggested that Jurgen Klopp no longer trusts the Spaniard, and if this were true then is there a better stop-gap option than Butland? Probably not.
Liverpool have been hit hard financially by COVID-19, with the Red ensuring that they paid only a relatively small fraction of the full £60million+ outlay on both Thiago and Diogo Jota up-front.
With Butland in the last year of his contract, Stoke will presumedly be looking to sell and accrue capital with the Englishman set to leave on a free at the end of the season.
So, unlikely. Very unlikely. But here’s hoping…