Monday 11 November 2019

Liverpool target Bruges' Aussie keeper Ryan as Suso heads to Milan

Ryan is currently on international duty for Australia at the Asia Cup. Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs who have dispatched scouts for the competition.
Ryan is currently on international duty for Australia at the Asia Cup. Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs who have dispatched scouts for the competition.

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool are scouting highly rated Australia No 1 Matthew Ryan as they consider a long-term solution for their goalkeeper problems.

Brendan Rodgers and the transfer committee are monitoring Ryan, who plays for Belgian side Bruges. There is no immediate prospect of a bid this month, but a potential summer move is under discussion.

Ryan is on international duty at the Asia Cup. Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs who have dispatched scouts for the competition in Australia.

Bruges' former sporting director, Arnar Gretarsson, said: "I don't see him staying for much longer. I think he will move to a bigger team, possibly for next season.

"I know he would like to go to the Premier League. He definitely has the quality to play in the big three leagues."

Liverpool's need for a new goalkeeper is well documented given the problems encountered by Simon Mignolet. The Belgian was dropped this season, only to be recalled due to an injury to Brad Jones.

Rodgers is prepared to bide his time to get the right man, probably at the end of the season.

Although Rodgers would love to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea, there is a feeling that the Czech has already decided to remain in London and is more likely to head to Arsenal.

At 22, Ryan would fit the age profile as Liverpool pursue an emerging talent, but the key for Rodgers will be whether the Aussie is as adept with his feet as his hands - something with which Mignolet has struggled.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will allow midfielder Suso to join AC Milan for a nominal fee during this transfer window. Suso has agreed a four-year deal, enabling him to join for free this summer. Liverpool are unhappy Suso had a medical without permission. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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