'I worked with him...' - Exclusive: Phillips rips into Liverpool target Butland
Liverpool target Jack Butland has “take his eye off the ball” and is no longer one of the top goalkeepers in the Championship, according to former Stoke City coach Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed that the 27-year-old has been “far too inconsistent” over the past few seasons.
Football Insider revealed that the door has opened for Liverpool to swoop for Butland to provide cover for the injured Alisson.
Jurgen Klopp revealed last week that his number one was “likely” to be sidelined for six weeks with an injury sustained in the build-up to the 7-2 loss at Aston Villa.
It would rule him out of Premier League games against Everton, Sheffield United and West Ham, as well as Champions League fixtures against Ajax, FC Midtjylland and Atalanta.
When asked by Football Insider if Butland would be an upgrade on current deputy Adrian, Phillips said:
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“Over the past two years Jack has been far too inconsistent. When I worked with him he made far too many mistakes.
“For me, he has fallen right down the pecking order of Championship goalkeepers.
“Jack possibly had his head turned a few years ago and has taken his eye off the ball a little bit in recent seasons.
“Look what happened to Joe Hart, how quickly he faded away. I think it is a similar scenario with Jack.”
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