Liverpool FC turned down advice about signing England hero

Liverpool FC missed out on the chance to sign England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to Chris Kirkland

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Liverpool FC missed out on the chance to sign England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before he moved to Everton, according to Chris Kirkland.

Pickford was England’s penalty shootout hero on Tuesday night as he saved a spot-kick against Colombia to help the Three Lions set up a quarter-final showdown with Sweden on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has been earning plenty of praise for his performances for England at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Now, former Liverpool FC goalkeeper Kirkland has claimed that he had advised the Reds to make a bid for the England international back in 2015.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Kirkland said: “I tried to get Liverpool to sign Jordan two or three years ago when I was at Preston with him.

“I was raving about him to the Liverpool staff, saying ‘this lad is the best I’ve worked with’.

“I told them he is going to be something special – but not many people take notice of me to be honest!

“Unfortunately they didn’t get him and Everton have got, for me, a steal even at £30m.”

Liverpool FC have been linked with a number of goalkeepers this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to try and strengthen his options between the posts ahead of next season.

The Reds are thought to be on the lookout for a new shot-stopper as they look to find a replacement for Loris Karius, after his Champions League final nightmare against Real Madrid.

Liverpool FC have only signed one new player so far this summer, after having tied up a deal to bring Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to Anfield from Monaco at the start of the transfer window.

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