Pickford has been one of the few shining lights of the Black Cats’ season, emerging from the club’s youth ranks to take up the role as No. 1 goalkeeper.
The 22-year-old earned his first call-up to the England squad in October, with Gareth Southgate recognising his potential as an understudy to the likes of Joe Hart and Fraser Forster.
He could soon surpass the Three Lions duo, however, such is his blossoming quality, and this will likely also lead to a summer move away from the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool are said to be one of the clubs monitoring the stopper ahead of a possible bid, and they are claimed to have been “scouting him regularly.”
That the Reds are reported to be “more likely to move for Hart at the end of the season,” however, proves speculation regarding Pickford should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Hart has been continually linked with a move to Merseyside, but this is still highly unlikely.
Furthermore, Liverpool still have high-potential youngster Danny Ward on loan at Huddersfield Town, and the Wales international could well follow Pickford’s trajectory next season.
The Reds have been linked with a host of goalkeepers already, and this does not look like ending any time soon.
According to the Mirror, Udinese teenager Alex Meret is also a target, having impressed on loan with SPAL this term.
Klopp should keep faith in Karius next season, with the former Mainz ‘keeper able to compete with Mignolet and Ward for the gloves during what should be a busy campaign for the Reds.
If Pickford is actually a target for Klopp, however, he certainly has the quality required to establish himself as long-term No. 1 for Liverpool.