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Liverpool coupled with £18 move for former milkman

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, is said to be closing in on an £18 million move to Liverpool, who are looking for a goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.

The former Ipswich and Bury Town goalkeeper is currently at the World Cup with England, after an impressive breakthrough season at Turf Moor, which saw him make his Premier League debut in September, before becoming Burnley’s player of the season. Pope got his chance after regular keeper Tom Heaton was injured, and he has now taken Heaton’s place with the national squad as well.

The £18 million fee quoted for Pope represents a significantly cheaper option for Jurgen Klopp than the alternatives with whom Liverpool have been linked – Roma’s Allison, and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

According to The Daily Mirror, Liverpool are now doing background checks on Pope’s background to see if he could handle a move to a high profile club. If they do decide to proceed, it will be another huge development in the career of a goalkeeper who was playing in the Ryman League only 7 years ago, whilst working as a milkman.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.