Liverpool are planning a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen this month, according to reports in Spain.
Ter Stegen, 22, joined Barca from hometown club Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer for £9.7 million, but has so far been forced sit behind fellow new arrival Claudio Bravo.
Restricted to cup appearances, the German shot-stopper has now admitted his frustration over his current situation, telling Sport Bild: “It’s good to be at Barca but the situation is difficult. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care and it isn’t easy being a spectator.
“I want to be the No. 1 and I’m convinced that’s something that will happen if I continue to improve and work hard.
“I can only try to prove that I am the best [of the two goalkeepers] and that’s why I came here, so it’s something I will fight for."
With Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems well-documented this season, speculation has been rife that manager Brendan Rodgers will delve into the market in the coming weeks to find an upgrade over the under-fire pair Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones.
A host of options have been linked to the Reds in recent months, including Asmir Begovic, Kiko Casilla, Petr Cech, Timo Horn, Neto, Mattia Perin and Sergio Romero, but it seems as though Ter Stegen ranks at least near the top of those prospective targets.
Arsenal and Manchester United have also been named as potential suitors for the four-time capped international in the past, but neither appear as desperate as Liverpool to add help between the sticks.