Liverpool could be looking to Australia to solve their current goalkeeper problems as they consider a summer move for Matthew Ryan, according to The Guardian.
Ryan is currently playing his football for Belgian side Club Brugge and has impressed in the near two years since moving from Down Under to Europe.
With Liverpool looking for potentially two new goalkeepers–Simon Mignolet is under pressure and Brad Jones is out of contract at the end of the season–the 22-year-old could make an ideal start to solving a self-imposed problem.
A self-made issue
Many fans remain flummoxed as to why long-time keeper Pepe Reina was so quickly dropped from Brendan Rodgers' plans and while the defensive frailties were somewhat hidden by the Anfield side's ruthlessness in front of goal last season, this term those issues have been much more in focus without those up front not producing the same goods as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge did.
Indeed Reina's replacement Mignolet was deemed to have lost his place indefinitely from the Manchester United game last month only for Brad Jones to suffer a thigh injury against Burnley on Boxing Day.
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Since then, however, the confidence has begun to grow from the Belgian keeper as Mignolet kept two consecutive clean sheets for the first time since March.
Indeed Rodgers praised what he described as a "calm and composed' performance from the 26-year-old as the Reds eased to a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Whether or not Mignolet can continue to improve his form for the rest of the season and potentially save what seems to be a dwindling career on Merseyside remains to be seen, but with Ryan currently in his homeland playing in the Asian Cup, where Australia have only conceded twice in their three group games, there is no doubting he could be a more viable option as Liverpool struggle to attract their big name targets.
Ryan admits pleasure at rumours
One potential hurdle to the move, however, is that Ryan signed a four-year extension to his current contract a recently as November with Club Brugge therefore any potential buyout of that deal may not come cheap for the Reds.
But speaking in a news conference in Australia, it seems the possible Liverpool interest has already got Ryan's attention.
"It's pretty hard to ignore something like that," he was quoted by the Daily Star.
"Obviously it's nice to be associated with a club like that [Liverpool], if it's meant I guess it'll happen in the future."
Neto on his way to Anfield?
Also mentioned as possible transfer target is Fiorentina keeper Noberto Neto with the Reds reportedly offering £2m for the 25-year-old in an immediate move rather than waiting for his contract to expire at the end of the season.
Liverpool may face competition from Juventus, however, with The Mirror claiming the Serie A side have a verbal agreement over a summer move for the Brazilian and are offering a yearly salary of £1.5m to provide backup for legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.