6 Apr 2017

Babb tells Klopp: 'Fantastic' £20m sensation would be a 'great signing for Liverpool'. Agree?

Ex-Red Phil Babb has urged Liverpool to sign one of the Premier League's most promising goalkeepers.

In December, Liverpool were linked with a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and soon after, The Telegraph claimed:

"Sunderland sources have told The Telegraph [that] Liverpool are scouting him [Jordan Pickford] regularly".

Speaking to the Sunderland Chronicle this week, Babb insisted that Pickford 'would be a great signing for Liverpool' and revealed that he'd discussed him with ex-Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland:

“Chris has worked with him, and said Pickford is one of the best he has ever seen. Liverpool need to strengthen, and Pickford keeps producing fantastic displays.”

Some info about Pickford:

* Sunderland: 45 goals conceded in 27 games (One every 54 mins). 4 clean sheets.

* 2nd highest number of saves this season. Joint highest number of claims. Joint second highest number of successful punches.

* Nov 2016: David Moyes raved: "He [Pickford] has been excellent for us, and hopefully he will become England’s number one".

* Dec 2016: Ex-Red Chris Kirkland told BT Sport: “I told Liverpool to sign Jordan Pickford. He could be one of the best in the world".

* Feb 2017: Reds legend Jamie Carragher enthused: "He [Pickford] is Sunderland’s most important player. He can get to the level of De Gea and Courtois. He’s had a fantastic season".

A move to Anfield is (arguably) a retrograde step. £20m-rated Pickford is gaining valuable experience playing every week for Sunderland, and at the age of 22, it's extremely unlikely that he'll become Liverpool's number one straight away.

Just look at the similarly-aged Loris Karius - he came to the club expecting to replace Mignolet, and within a few months, he'd blown his chance, and ended up on perennial bench duty.

There's no sense in disrupting a burgeoning career to warm the bench at Liverpool. Pickford is better off moving to a mis-table club where he'll have more opportunity to play on a regular basis (from day one).


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