Mexican Keeper Reveals Liverpool Inquiry

Doug Pensinger

With such a long layoff in between matches for Liverpool, news of contact between the club and a Ligue 1 keeper during the January transfer window adds a little spice to a slow news week.

Guillermo Ochoa, currently plying his trade between the sticks with Corsican side Ajaccio, alleges that Liverpool reached out to him in January about a possible transfer.

"My agent had contact with Liverpool but there is nothing concrete. I hope this summer there will be some offers and I will analyse if it is the right time for me to leave Ajaccio," Ochoa said in a French interview with football.fr. (Sky Sports has a tolerable translation.)

"It will be difficult to choose between Liverpool, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Bayern, Dortmund," Ochoa said when asked where he'd like to play in the future. "It depends on how everything happens, I'll then choose the best one regarding all aspects."

If the club's Ochoa inquiry proves to be legitimate, it raises questions about whether or not management saw Ochoa as a replacement for Pepe Reina or a back-up. At twenty-seven-years-old, Ochoa doesn't fall into the category of youthful ‘keepers like Jack Butland or Marc-André ter Stegen who had been linked to the club as future successors to Reina's throne. For a man who self-describes his ambitions as wanting to play for les meilleurs équipes in Europe and who regularly starts for club and country, Ochoa playing second fiddle to Reina also seems like an odd fit.

Reina's improved form and recent reaffirmation of his commitment to the club have put goalkeeper discussion to bed for the mean time, or at least until the summer transfer window opens.

Ochoa is a CONCACAF Champions League winner (2006) with former club América and a Gold Cup winner (2009) with Mexico . Ajaccio are currently sitting in 13th place in Ligue 1.

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