Australia’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has admitted to Australian newspaper The National, that he is “flattered” by Liverpool’s interest and that their interest won’t distract him when Australia play South Korea in the final of the Asian Cup.
The goalkeeper, who currently plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League was involved in the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign in Brazil last year as they unfortunately ended up finishing bottom of Group B, behind the likes of Spain, Chile and group winners the Netherlands.
Despite the disappointment of the World Cup, the Socceroos have progressed in the Asian Cup , which is being hosted at home this year, beating the likes of Kuwait, Oman, China PR and the United Arab Emirates to reach the final.
With Australia set to face South Korea in the final, and the recent interest from Liverpool in his services, Mathew Ryan has admitted to the same newspaper that the Premier League side’s interest in him is ‘flattering’, however his main focus is winning the Asian Cup and lifting the trophy at the weekend:
“Obviously it’s very flattering to have your name involved with a big team like that”. “But my mind is on the job here”.
Liverpool have been shaky in defence this season, with number one Simon Mignolet coming under pressure for some high profile errors in the Premier League and other cup competitions.
Despite Mignolet having come into form of late, Brendan Rodgers is targeting a new goalkeeper in this window, according to the Metro, with Matthew Ryan being one of those targets.
Ryan though, has admitted that he is settled and happy at Club Brugge, and that should an offer from Liverpool arrive he would consider it:
“For the moment I’m very happy at Club Brugge and my club (with me) also. If it’s meant to be, something will happen in the future.”
The goalkeeper is hoping his side can learn from their mistakes from last time, when they lost in the Asian Cup final to Japan four years ago, having watched it on TV .
“I remember watching it at home,” he said. “For whatever reason it wasn’t meant to be for us. Four years down the track and we’re back here in the final. Hopefully we can switch the result from that night.”