Pickford last week became England’s most expensive goalkeeper of all time, signing for Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton from Sunderland for £30million.
Kirkland, who made 25 Premier League appearances for the Reds between 2001 and 2006, was in the same squad as Pickford when the youngster had a loan spell with Championship side Preston in 2015.
He says the 23-year-old is one of the best he has seen and is almost certain to be England’s No.1 goalkeeper for many years.
“Coming back to Jordan, he is something special,” Kirkland said on Sky Sports.
“I worked with him at Preston, absolutely (he is worth £30million).
“I told Liverpool to sign him 18 months ago, they could have got him for a lot less then.
“He’s the best I’ve worked, he’s a very confident lad.
“I didn’t see a weakness in his game, sometimes with goalkeepers they are struggling with one area of their game but this lad…