Al Habsi plays down Liverpool link

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Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has played down talk linking him with a possible move to Liverpool, reports Sky Sports.

The 30-year-old Oman international has established himself as one of the most consistent shot-stoppers in the Premier League since joining the Latics from Bolton in the summer of 2011.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing Al Habsi to Anfield, as speculation mounts over the future of long-term custodian Pepe Reina.

Weekend reports suggested that Liverpool could move for the player as early as January, but Al-Habsi has dismissed the speculation, insisting he's happy at the DW Stadium.

"I have said it many times before but I love this football club, I love the fans and I hope to give them much more," he told the Wigan Evening Post. "I heard about what was said at the weekend, but that kind of thing is not of any importance to me.

"I am very, very happy at Wigan - as has been the case since I first came here. I am doing well, my form is coming on with every game I play, and my confidence is very high.

"All I want to do is concentrate on my job here and to help the team, because there is lots of work to be done."

Reina is currently missing through injury, meaning Liverpool have been forced to promote Australian stopper Brad Jones to the No.1 spot, highlighting the club's lack of depth in that area of the team.

A goalkeeping addition looks increasingly likely, but Rodgers will now have to turn his attention to alternative options in the New Year.

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