Liverpool to swoop for Alex Song and Australia stopper Mat Ryan
Liverpool, 5/1 with Coral for a top four finish, are reportedly already looking past the January sales and readying a double summer swoop for Barcelona-owned midfielder Alex Song and Australia keeper Mat Ryan.
Ex-Arsenal defensive shield Song endured a tough time at the Nou Camp, but has once again impressed on his temporary return to the Premier League with West Ham United.
The combative former Cameroon international boasts a tenacious tackle but also possesses quality on the ball, making him an ideal fit for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ system.
Song, who has so far had a sensational season at Upton Park, could be a potential replacement for departing skipper Steve Gerrard, but Liverpool will have to stave-off competition from a number of clubs.
Catalan giants Barca are expected to offload Song permanently this summer, with current loan club West Ham heading the queue.
The Anfield outfit are also said to be keeping tabs on Socceroos stopper Mat Ryan, who is currently representing his country at the 2015 Asian Cup.
Despite having little to do as host nation Australia have romped to two triumphs on the trot, when called into action, the young custodian has certainly shown his potential.
Aged just 22, talented Ryan has already made 78 appearances for Belgian side Club Brugge and enjoyed 15 caps for his country, including recent outings in Brazil at the World Cup.
Commanding, vocal and an excellent shot stopper, reports suggest Liverpool are monitoring how Ryan fares under pressure in the latter stages of the Asian Cup and will watch his development closely until the end of the season.
Rodgers’ apparent dissatisfaction with his current options between the posts, and in particular Simon Mignolet’s shaky form, means the Reds coach wants to make sure he secures the right man this time.
For Ryan’s part, former Club Brugge sporting director Arnar Gretarsson believes the young keeper is already seeking pastures new, stating: “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, everybody wants to play in that league” added Gretarsson.
For now, Reds fans can catch a glimpse of Ryan at the Asian Cup, where he is 11/4 to lift the trophy with the swashbuckling Socceroos.