13 May 2015

Confirmed: 'Incredible' international star says 'yes' to signing for Liverpool 'next season' or 'the season after'

A few months ago, Liverpool were linked with a move for Club Brugge goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, and at the time, the Australian international admitted that was 'nice to be associated with a club like Liverpool'. Ryan was recently named 'Best Goalkeeper' at the Asian Cup, and he has now confirmed that he'd like a transfer to Anfield.

In January, The Telegraph claimed:

"Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield transfer committee are closely monitoring Ryan [and] a potential summer move is under discussion".

Soon after, Ryan he told reporters:

“It’s nice to be associated with a club like that [Liverpool], and if it’s meant to be then it will happen in the future. If I continue to work hard...it will sort itself out”

The following exchange took place today in an interview with Four Four Two magazine:

Q: Liverpool have been strongly linked with your services. Is such a move of interest to you?

A: "Yes...I want to test myself at the highest level, whether that be next season or the season after...but I’m just trying to focus on being as successful at Club Brugge first."

So, Ryan wants to play for Liverpool, but is he good enough? Primary stats:

Central Coast Mariners

* 99 goals conceded in 94 apps (1 every 1.05 games)
* 36 clean sheets (38% of games)

Brugge

* 93 goals conceded in 99 apps (1 every 1.1 games)
* 36 clean sheets (36% of games)

* TOTALS: 192 goals conceded in 193 apps (1 every 1.0 games)
* 72 clean sheets (37% of games)

Ryan's basic stats are far superior to Mignolet, who (overall) concedes 1.4 goals per game.


Brugge’s former sporting director, Arnar Gretarsson, is convinced that Ryan's days in the Belgian league are numbered, and in a recent interview, he noted:

"I don’t see him staying for much longer at Club Brugge. I know he would like to go to the Premier League. He definitely has the quality to play in the big three leagues."

If/when the Reds make a concrete move, Ryan is probably one of the cheapest goalkeeping options out there, and that will undoubtedly appeal to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

A better option than Neto, whis also heavily linked with a move to Anfield this summer?

Author: Jaimie K



63 comments:

  1. Stan Dinaround8:26 pm, May 13, 2015

    But is he up for the Golden Glove award...? Looking at those stats, you could suggest he's never kept a clean sheet in his life... But we all know stats mean little when used for comparisons for players in different leagues (not that, thats what you were doing)..... I don't think we could call them superior to Mings for that reason.....

    It's weird.. He has never played ina big league, or for a big club, but there's no derision aimed at him as a potential target....Probably because he's not English....

    Is he a better option than Neto... I don't rightly know, but in Neto's favour is the fact that he plays for Fiorentina and has had significantly better opposition to contend with... plus he's been called up to the Brazilian national team.....

    Probably all moot anyway, we'll probably end up with Shay Given at this rate...

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  2. Never, in the field of British journalism, has anyone ever made so many great articles out of so many non-stories.

    JK, we salute you!

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  3. Stan Dinaround8:34 pm, May 13, 2015

    take a bow

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  4. Stan Dinaround8:35 pm, May 13, 2015

    Tried to insert a picture, but no worries.....only a bloke in a tux taking a bow.

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  5. Hes a good player but i think way too short for a goal keeper

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  6. That line reminds me of what they said about Kevin Keegan, who ironically said the same thing about his ability to manage the national team.

    Don't mind me, just reminiscing about the good ole days : )

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  7. Listen Suarez believes Balotelli is a great player and Matt Le Tissier rates Lambert - as such they are telling us that the TRUE DUD is Rodgers = How come great players are useless for him - HE HAs to go

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  8. We have the worst Chairman ever = What the hell does he do ???????????????????

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  9. Er, any idea what happened to the posts we made bigging up the author?

    Removed in a fit of overwhelming modesty?

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  10. Morata giving Madrid a little lesson... very nice :) Let's have him instead of Benzema!

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  11. rotchie the red9:30 pm, May 13, 2015

    do you agree with suarez and le tissier that Balo and Lambo are

    "great players"....other pundits etc dont agree, and its my opinion they are not great players

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  12. Stan Dinaround9:42 pm, May 13, 2015

    I expect this one to disappear forth with....

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  13. Stan Dinaround9:43 pm, May 13, 2015

    Did you watch the Real v Juve semi? a lesson to be learnt there for LFC, Juve had 6 starters over 30 yrs old.....and are now in the final....

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  14. Stan Dinaround9:45 pm, May 13, 2015

    Ospina seems to be coping, he's a mifget too! or atleast for a gK...

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  15. rotchie the red9:45 pm, May 13, 2015

    he goes around throwing shapes pretending to be closing deals on signing big name players, then lets them slip through the net then signs so so players, gets in all the press photo's when they are signing and hides when they prove to be duds, leaves Brendan Rogers to take all the back lash for signing the flops.

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  16. Stan Dinaround9:46 pm, May 13, 2015

    Looks after the chairs.

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  17. Stan Dinaround9:47 pm, May 13, 2015

    I thought you meant he was leaking potential deals on the net in the hope of drumming up some competition to cover the failure to sign said players.

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  18. rotchie the red9:52 pm, May 13, 2015

    eh.....yeah.....that to.

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  19. Sarcasm deserves short shrift

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  20. Suarez v Chiellini part two coming up

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  21. By all account's Mathew Ryan's supposed to be a good goalkeeper not seen much of him personally other than a few highlights on youtube. Leno from Bayer is the one for me though he wouldn't be cheap I have watched him a lot on the Bundesliga Highlights on ITV4 and he looks the part and he is only young and only going to get better. The Germans certainly know how to make a good goalkeeper Neuer, Leno, Ter Stegen, Zieler, Trapp, Baumann, Wiedenfeller and Adler. How many countries can boast an array of goalkeepers like that.

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  22. Hi Jaimie, I've pointed this out before,

    99 goals conceded in 94 apps (1 every 1.05 games) is wrong. That is more than 1 goal a game.

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  23. rotchie the red10:31 pm, May 13, 2015

    and evra

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  24. Yeah great players are always good judges. Remember that Joe Cole was as good as Messi?

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  25. I assume it should be 1.05 conceded per game

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  26. Off topic- in croatian sports newspaper Sportske Novosti it's been splashed around that Inter agreed 30 mil.euros from Liverpool for Mateo Kovacic- happy times :)

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  27. Theycallmemrburt11:47 pm, May 13, 2015

    He is 5ft 11..... who buys a keeper who is 5 ft 11 in the prem? this league consists mainly of center forwards central midfielders and defenders at 6ft plus? We are taking this 'didi men' tika taka way too far. Surely, Surely surely we have to look at Schmeicel, Cech, Van der sar, courtois, and Hart as blueprints for the build of a successful premier league goalkeeper. F+ck it! welcome to LFC.... but dont sell your current house just yet.

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  28. Theycallmemrburt11:52 pm, May 13, 2015

    yeah he's 6ft. The best 6ft goalkeeper I saw in recent times was Barthez, that was until he came to the premier league

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  29. Gonna be tough to pry Pogba or Morata away from Juve after today. They won't beat Barca but who could facing Barca' s front three? God help soccer if Juve goes the Italian catanacchio route.

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  30. If he is confidant enough to start as a number two till proves he should be one, ok..

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  31. Hope he comes, and for less money.. What is your opinion- can he hold our midfield from DM?

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  32. Team spirit winning in sports, just the way it is supposed to be..

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  33. yup. goals/games is "x goals in 1 game" not "1 goal in x games"

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  34. You sure he doesn't sit in them too?

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  35. Matt Ryan will i assume be coming in a second keeper for that role he is a good buy has great distribution and pulls off some nice saves.

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  36. Plays in an inferior league. Crazy to compare stats but I've become used to it. Mignolet is one of the best keepers in the EPL so anyone who comes in better know they'll be his understudy.

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  37. Well Madrid almost looked like the wanted to lose or they thought they couldn't lose or something. It was hard watching them no press enough or show anything like they were playing for a trophy.

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  38. They do a job. They've done their job for other clubs. In balo case on bigger stages than lfc can offer at the moment. I refuse to believe he has become a rubbish player in less than 12 months. His ability has never been questioned but now the great rodgers is making people question his ability.

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  39. Is ayre ceo or chairman?

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  40. Well they'll play to their strengths. I think they are going to win it.

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  41. I dunno, not sure- maybe with a true DM. They are making him up to be a "carrier", "deep lying playmaker" like Modric in Real. But his defensive game and tactical understanding have developed immensely this season and more and more he can be seen putting in tackles and intercepting passes from the deep and mixing his own passing. Maybe he would work well with Can/Lucas beside him and Hendo and Couts infront, they could link up well.
    You can find clips of his latest game vs. Lazio who is no push over where he was amazing.

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  42. Liverpool prefers Aussie's ?

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  43. Was Buffon not excellent last night against RM !

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  44. Not sure how good he is tbh.

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  45. Nice! Big fee, though. At least it shows the club isn't shy to spend for a player they really want.

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  46. Nah, his strength is in stitching play together with nice passes and clever movement, and driving runs that maximise his awesome dribbling skills and first touch. He's more of a box-to-box. Would be completely wasted in the Lucas role.

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  47. You said it better than I. He can indeed tackle, too and would do well next to Lucas.

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  48. Wouldn't mind if we threw those names into a hat and just pulled one out. But yes, Ter Stegen and Leno are my favourites.

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  49. One hundred percent agreed with you.

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  50. The only Brazilian goalkeeper I'd like us to go is Diego Alves, which will never happen because Valencia loves him too much.

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  51. We tend to equate youth with talent, enthusiasm and innovation, and incorrectly so.

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  52. Give that man a gum guard.

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  53. That's why we should have bought Alonso for an absolute bargain!

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  54. Sarcasm?

    I paid the author a genuine compliment.

    I won't do anymore.

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  55. Casillas is the same height youd have him surely.

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  56. Nah, no watchee matchee. Hope you enjoyed it, though. Don't get time to branch out and watch foreign games so much anymore.

    Buffon still playing? I used to have a bit of a man crush on Buffon. Not in a gay way, just always thought that when my daughter brings a man home, I'd like it to be him lol.

    Now, if she came home with Dani Alves or Neymar, I'd be worried...

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  57. He is probably worried that if he accepts to much praise it will go to his head ;-)

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  58. Stan Dinaround8:33 am, May 14, 2015

    If we conceded more penalties, definately, best penalty stopper in football.....

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  59. Stan Dinaround8:33 am, May 14, 2015

    You crazy so and so....

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  60. Well, his loss, I'm a praiser, so will find others to praise ; )

    How you doing? Received any nice praise lately?

    Actually, yes you have, from a very handsome, sometimes amusing and always caring poster... ; )

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  61. Age can be just a number Juve would still get flogged in the EPL way too slow.

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