Having sent Simon Mignolet to the bench, making career back-up Brad Jones his de facto starter, Brendan Rodgers is rather in need of a new goalkeeper. Or at least that's what just about everybody looking on, from fans to pundits to rumour mongers, believes. That has rather inevitably led to a few goalkeepers being linked to Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window.
The strongest links so far have been to Mexican shot stopper Guillermo Ochoa, currently out of favour at Malaga, but there have also been whispers that the club could be trying for current Chelsea number two Petr Cech. According to the goalkeeper's agent, though, a January move is unlikely, but if Lvierpool are still interest next summer Cech would consider heading north in search of playing time.
"It's unlikely that Petr will leave Chelsea in the January window," said Viktor Kolar when pressed on the future of his client earlier this week. "The club and coach want to keep him to help win the title. I think Arsenal should have made an offer to him, [and] Liverpool need to strengthen their position in goal and they know Petr will be available in the summer."
One imagines that next summer won't be soon enough for Liverpool. The club need a new starting goalkeeper now, and continuing until the end of the season with Brad Jones in goal to then sign the 32-year-old Cech doesn't seem likely-it would also, for most fans, be massively underwhelming. If his agent is being honest, though, that's what Liverpool would have to do if they wanted him.
All of which means that, if his agent is being honest, it's probably safe to write off Cech as a legitimate target either for January or further down the road.