Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2020 7:59
Liverpool should make a move to sign a Championship keeper following the news of Alisson’s injury, according to former England stopper Paul Robinson.
Alisson is set to miss up to six weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in training. His absence was felt in remarkable fashion as the Reds were crushed 7-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday.
Liverpool were linked with a swoop for Tottenham’s third-strong keeper Paulo Gazzaniga on deadline day, but nothing came of it.
But following the close of the European transfer window, Robinson believes the Reds should go after Stoke stopper Jack Butland instead.
The Anfield outfit have until October 16 to sign players from EFL clubs, and Butland is currently out of favour with the Potters.
Despite some indifferent form, Robinson thinks the former England man is worth a short-term deal.
“If Alisson is going to be out for that length of time Liverpool are going to have to look at it,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“While the domestic window is still open we may see Liverpool do some business. There is a lot of good goalkeepers that are not playing football right now.
“I can see Liverpool signing the likes of Jack Butland on a short-term deal. They need somebody like that.
“A player that has the experience of handling big games. Somebody of that ilk.”
Adrian still has Klopp backing
Adrian deputised for Liverpool in the demoralising defeat at Villa and was arguably at fault for the first goal.
But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisted the defeat was not purely the fault of the Spaniard.
“Yes, the first goal was not cool, of course,” Klopp said.
“But apart from that, I don’t think he had anything to do with all the other goals pretty much.
“We didn’t help him tonight, let me say it like this, or we even did the opposite.
“He’s a really good goalie who played 11 [Premier League] games for us last year and I think we won pretty much all of them. It’s all fine. Tonight our goalie was not the problem.”
Liverpool’s next league match is against Merseyside rivals, and current league leaders, Everton at Goodison Park on October 17.
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