Ex-Premier League keeper backs Australia international Mathew Ryan for Liverpool move

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Wigan Athletic's Ali Al-Habsi believes Liverpool would be wise to make a move for reported goalkeeping target Mathew Ryan.

Oman’s former Premier League goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi has told the Sydney Morning Herald that his Australian counterpart Mathew Ryan would prove a huge hit at reported chasers Liverpool.

Ryan, 22, has been in excellent form since joining Belgian side Club Brugge in the summer of 2013 from the Central Coast Mariners, and his impressive performances are now attracting interest from across Europe.

Several British outlets, including the Telegraph, reported last week that Liverpool are looking to make a move for the Socceroos shot-stopper in light of Simon Mignolet’s struggles, with Brugge’s former sporting director Arnar Gretarsson telling the newspaper: "I don’t see him staying for much longer at Club Brugge.

“I know he would like to go to the Premier League, everybody wants to play in that league, but I could also see him in the Primera Division or the Bundesliga. He definitely has the quality to play in the big three leagues."

Now, Al-Habsi, who is currently competing at the Asian Cup in Australia along with Ryan, has echoed that praise, insisting that the 16-times capped international has the talent to succeed in English football.

"He's brilliant," he said, having seen his Oman side lose 4-0 to the hosts in last week’s opening match. "He has been fantastic in the World Cup and here in the Asian Cup.

"In the first game, and against us he did brilliantly. He's young, he can only improve and of course Liverpool is a big club and for him it would be a great chance to make it."

With Mignolet coming under increasing pressure from fans and the media alike this season following a series of error-strewn performances, it’s seems clear that Liverpool need to add a better option than current backup Brad Jones to compete with the Belgian.

The likes of Asmir Begovic, Kiko Casilla, Petr Cech, Timo Horn, Nortberto Neto, Mattia Perin, Sergio Romero and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have all been mooted as possibilities, but manager Brendan Rodgers has since stressed that the club will be quiet in current transfer window.

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