Liverpool told which English star they need to sign to win Premier League title

Ray Clemence has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Jack Butland to transform Liverpool into Premier League title contenders.

Third-placed Liverpool are 19 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and there are serious questions regarding the club’s goalkeeping situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

Loris Karius has nailed down his place as the Reds’ number one in recent weeks but Clemence is skeptical that the German has what it takes to become a top-class ‘keeper.

Clemence also admitted that he ‘feels sorry’ for Simon Mignolet, with the Belgium international only making one Premier League appearance since the turn of the year.

The ex-England shot-stopper told The Liverpool Echo: ‘For 18 months at Anfield I was watching them and I was closing my eyes because I didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.

If only I had a pair of gloves! ‘I know Simon Mignolet really well I keep in contact with him on Twitter and stuff and I feel sorry for him.

‘I looked at the two keepers at the start of the year and thought ‘Simon Mignolet is a good shot stopper, he’s not great on crosses, not great on distribution and I’m not sure how he controls the back four, though it is more difficult now because you have different nationalities in front of you’.

‘And then I looked at the German lad [Karius] and I thought, ‘Good looking lad but I’m not sure what his strengths are. ‘I didn’t look at him as a great shot stopper I didn’t look at him as someone who commanded his box. His distribution was probably better than Mignolet’s.

‘So, obviously Mignolet made mistakes, the other fella he came in, he made mistakes. And to be fair to Jurgen, he’s obviously decided, ‘He’s not for me and the other lad is going to have a chance at the end of the season’.

‘Now to be fair, the last four weeks I’ve seen some improvement in him. I still think he doesn’t do right but he’s better than what he was. ‘So I still think to be a team that has got a chance of winning the league title is that we need a top quality goalkeeper.’

Clemence believes Stoke star Jack Butland could be the answer for Liverpool ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. ‘I’d go with Jack Butland of Stoke,’ he said. ‘I’ve known Jack since he was 15. I’ve worked with him since he was 16.

‘If ever I saw somebody who was focused on being the England goalkeeper, or being a top goalkeeper from a young age it was him. ‘He’s one of these lovely people … when you are talking to people, it’s great when they look you in the eye and you know they are taking it in, and they want to learn from experienced people.’