Five facts about reported Liverpool goalkeeping target Rui Patricio

The Daily Mirror linked Patricio with a move to Merseyside.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer market, with the Daily Mirror crediting the Reds with holding an interest in Sporting Lisbon's Rui Patricio.

The 27-year-old is apparently on their radar as they look to find sufficient competition for current number one Simon Mignolet, with Brad Jones out of contract in the summer.

The need for Liverpool to find another goalkeeper became apparent midway through the season when Mignolet suffered an alarming loss of form, meaning he was left out of the side for a spell -  with Jones deputising. But despite injury meaning Mignolet's return arrived a little sooner than expected, Jones evidently wasn't sufficient cover for the Belgian.

It may be why manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for competition for Mignolet this summer - but what is there to know about Rui Patricio?

Here's a look at five facts:

1) He's a one club man, for now at least. He has been at Sporting Lisbon throughout his career, having made his first team bow in 2006, and has been the club's first team goalkeeper for a number of years - and is currently their captain. During his career, he has won the Portuguese Cup on two occasions.

2) He has also had the honour of representing Portugal at international level, first making an appearance in 2010, having been selected for the squad in 2008. His international debut was a memorable one as he played 45 minutes in a 4-0 friendly win over near-neighbours Spain.

3) In 2009, Patricio had a massive helping hand in a famous triumph in the Champions League qualifying stages, though not in the way you may expect. With the score at 1-0 to Twente in the Netherlands after the first leg of a qualifying contest ended 0-0, Patricio's header from a corner went in off Peter Wisgerhof to send Sporting through.

4) Patricio once made it into the Portuguese league's team of the year in 2011-12, and has twice been voted the club's player of the season.

5) When he was younger he reportedly played as a striker, until the age of 12 when he was spotted by a Sporting scout playing in goal and they were suitably impressed to sign him.

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