Austrialian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has been linked with a transfer to Liverpool.
The Telegraph reported earlier this month that the Australian number one was on Brendan Rodgers’ radar, and the same article includes quotes that suggest Ryan is becoming too good a player for Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge. Brugge’s former Sporting Director, Arnar Gretarsson, is quoted as saying: “I don’t see him staying for much longer at Club Brugge. I think he will move to a bigger team, possibly for next season.”
There have been no indications that the Reds have submitted a formal offer for the 22-year-old, who is currently away on international duty at the Asian Cup, but the rumours have been doing the rounds enough to make Ryan aware of them.
In an interview with SEN in his homeland, later quoted by Sport Wereld, the stopper addressed the links to Anfield, claiming that, whilst he is delighted to be linked with a club of Liverpool’s stature, any move is far from a reality at this moment in time.
“It's obviously nice to be linked to such a club,” he said. “At present, however, it is a distant dream, and certainly not yet a reality.”
“If I keep working hard and keep my feet on the ground, maybe something big will be lurking around the corner. At present it is still a distant dream, but hopefully I can achieve that dream.”
At such a young age for a goalkeeper, Ryan has plenty of years left to keep improving and potentially make his ‘dream’ move. Considering he appears to be remarkably grounded, there is no doubt that he will work as hard as possible, and it may just be that, in a few years, the Socceroos star is finally turning out at Anfield.