Ochoa favourite for Liverpool gloves: Is he the man for the job?

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Reports are circulating that Liverpool have provisionally agreed a deal for Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, but is he the right choice?

There's no doubt that Liverpool need a new goalkeeper in January, but would they be taking a risk by going after a man who is only back-up at Spanish side Malaga?

With off-form Simon Mignolet 'indefinitely dropped' and an unconvincing Brad Jones becoming the default 'keeper at Anfield, something needs to be done at the start of 2015 to prevent Liverpool leaking goals.

A number of potential custodians have been linked with Liverpool, including Fiorentina's Neto, free agent Victor Valdes and Argentine international Sergio Romero, but Ochoa appears to be the first choice.

There are reports in the Daily Express that a deal is already on its way with Malaga, who will accept around £3 million for the Mexican international, bringing a close to Liverpool's goalkeeper search.

But while Ochoa may be Liverpool's first choice, he isn't getting a game for his current club, which may be worrying for fans.

Ochoa made a name for himself during the World Cup with some excellent performances and secured a move to Malaga when he left Ajaccio.

But things haven't worked out in La Liga and Ochoa has been firmly behind Cameroonian goalkeeping star Carlos Kameni in the pecking order.

The 29-year-old is yet to get a chance for Malaga and has spent the last few months cooling his heels with no game time at all, so could he be rusty should Liverpool thrust the gloves into his hands?

While Ochoa is undoubtedly talented, the concern for Liverpool fans is twofold - if Ochoa is a top-draw 'keeper then why can't he break into the Malaga team, and given that he has been on the sidelines for so long, will he need some time to warm up?

Time to settle isn't something Liverpool will be able to offer. It's likely that whoever they sign will be expected to immediately step in between the posts and if Ochoa is that man it will be a significant gamble.

They say that goalkeepers, even more than any other position, are confidence players, so how has Ochoa's confidence been affected by being second choice for so long? Liverpool fans may be about to find out.

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