Liverpool set sights on Ryan

Socceroo goalkeeper Mat Ryan is on the radar of English Premier League giants Liverpool, according to reports in the UK.

Ryan, who was named Belgian Pro League’s goalkeeper of the year for the second straight season on Thursday, is reportedly being “monitored” by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool is also the home of fellow Socceroos gloveman Brad Jones but are on the lookout for a new long-term No.1.

Both Jones and Simon Mignolet have struggled between the sticks this season, and according to The Guardian newspaper, Ryan is in their sights.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper signed a new four-year deal with Club Brugge in November but that is unlikely to deter Liverpool if they want to get their man.

It’s understood any move for Ryan would happen at the end of the season and not in the current January transfer window.

Brugge's former sporting director, Arnar Gretarsson, said of Ryan recently: "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.

“I know he would like to go to the Premier League, everybody wants to play in that, 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."

It’s not the first time a huge club have been linked with Ryan, with the ex-Central Coast Mariner linked with Real Madrid last year.

Ryan has been in superb form in the first two matches of the Asian Cup, pulling off some spectacular saves in both of Australia’s big wins over Kuwait and Oman.