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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Agree Ochoa Fee

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With Simon Mignolet benched, Liverpool are rumoured to have agreed a deal with Malaga to bring in Guillermo Ochoa for £3M when the January window opens.

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Following a strong showing for Mexico at the World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was available on a free and Liverpool were linked to him, just as they had been back when Pepe Reina's time at the club appeared nearing its end. In both cases, the rumours were highly speculative and amounted to nothing.

In the end he signed for Malaga, where he has struggled for minutes under new manager Javi Gracia, who has stayed loyal to incumbent Carlos Kameni. This had led to speculation that Ochoa will seek out a new club six months after leaving Ligue 1's Ajaccio for Spain. And once again he is being linked to Liverpool.

More than that, a handful of outlets are reporting, based on sources in Mexico, that a £3M deal has already been agreed. Given Liverpool could have had Ochoa on a free had they wanted him over the summer and that he's been stuck on the bench at Malaga since arriving, they should be treated with some degree of skepticism.

Still, with Simon Mignolet having been benched, Brendan Rodgers appears to have painted himself into a corner, and a goalkeeper in January more capable of starting long-term than Brad Jones is a must. At least if Fenway Sports Group intend to back the manager. If they do intend to, it's a safe bet there will be a new goalkeeper arriving shortly.

Whether that goalkeeper is Ochoa is another question, and if it is, questions about failing to land him last summer—and so wasting £3M and six months—will be unavoidable. If Mignolet's time at the club is done, though, it's hard to think of a better mid-season replacement this struggling Liverpool side could reasonably land.