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Saturday, 30 December 2017

England International rejects Chelsea in favor of Liverpool Transfer

    The Reds have already completed their first big-money move of the January transfer window, with a club-record deal to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75 million. This highlights Jurgen Klopp‘s ambitions for the campaign ahead, and it could be that there are further signings in the offing next month.

Klopp is also planning for the long term, however, and his main man between the sticks remains an issue. Simon Mignolet has struggled for consistency since joining Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013, with his performances decidedly limited despite some clear positives.

And with both Loris Karius and Danny Ward unable to establish themselves as an alternative as first choice, it could be that Klopp turns elsewhere.

According to, Butland is “keen on a move” to Merseyside next summer, despite interest from Chelsea.

Speaking in September, the Bristol native outlined his ambition to play in the Champions League and secure the role of England’s first choice.

“I’ve always said and I’ve never hid the fact that I want to play at the top, be England’s No. 1 and win trophies. While I’m at Stoke, I’ll always try to do that,” he said.

“But me and the fans, they know I have targets and ambitions, and they’d be happy for me if [playing in the Champions League] happened.”

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