Liverpool have been linked with a move for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland before the transfer deadline on October 16, but fans can ignore links with the 27-year-old.
It has been repeatedly claimed since the Reds’ 7-2 loss at Aston Villa that the club could make a move for Butland prior to the window closing for deals between the Premier League and Championship.
Richardson even claims that “Butland could be involved against Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park,” to the shock of Reds supporters.
There are a few factors that would make a move for a goalkeeper like Butland a feasible one for Liverpool, primarily as he would be classed as ‘homegrown’ and his arrival could allow Caoimhin Kelleher to depart on a much-needed loan.
But beyond that, there is very little benefit in Butland making the move to Anfield, and particularly not from the club’s point of view.
Though considered a promising talent in his early years, with a breakthrough at Birmingham City leading to interest from Liverpool prior to his £3.5 million move to Stoke back in 2013, he has been on a decline since.
Now, he is no longer first choice at Stoke, with Adam Davies preferred as No. 1 and youngster Blondy Nna Noukeu also named on the substitutes’ bench.
This has come after a litany of errors for the Potters, with Michael O’Neill’s side conceding 68 goals in last season’s Championship when Butland was still a regular starter – only six sides shipped more.
Though coming from the same source that continually stressed that Thiago was “not an active target” in the weeks leading up to his £25 million switch to Merseyside, their insistence that there is “zero interest” in Butland makes complete sense.
Either way, there are even possibly better options than Butland that would be available from the Championship, and similarly from the free agent market, with veterans Danijel Subasic and Michel Vorm currently without a club.