Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has emerged as a shock transfer target for Liverpool reports the Sunday Mirror.
The 39-year-old former USA international is out of contract at the end of the season, and negotiations over a new Villa Park deal have stalled since the arrival of Gerard Houllier.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has identified Friedel as a potential replacement for Pepe Reina, should he put in for a transfer request away from Anfield at the end of the current season.
The Reds Spanish stopper has made clear his desire to play Champions League football, and could opt for a summer transfer, having been linked in the national press with both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Friedel currently holds the record for the most consecutive Barclays Premier League appearances, and could extend his stay in the top-flight with a move back to the club where his English love affair first began, at Liverpool.
Having signed for Liverpool in 1997 by then manager Roy Evans, Friedel was shown the Anfield exit door just three years later by Gerard Houllier – who he incidentally is playing under now at Aston Villa.
With experience and reliability a priority for Dalglish, Friedel would fit the bill perfectly and despite his age has proved he can still cut it at the top with a string of sensational performances for Villa this season.
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is said to be looking at other goalkeeper targets with a view to the long-term future of the club, but a free transfer move for Friedel would still be regarded as a good piece of short-term business.
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