Liverpool’s long-standing interest in Ajaccio’s Mexican international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has received a fillip after the 28-year-old highlighted the Premier League or Serie A as his future destinations of choice.
The Reds, currently six clean sheets behind shutout-league leaders Chelsea, are 8/5 to win to nil for the third time in five meetings with Norwich when they visit Carrow Road.
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However, with Pepe Reina expected to bid Anfield a fond hasta luego at the season’s conclusion and Simon Mignolet not always convincing in his first campaign at the club, The Express suggests recruiting another stopper is a priority.
At the height of the January window maelstrom the same organ reported Liverpool to have made a £5m for the 56-cap Mexico man.
Now it seems that Ochoa could be on his way off Corsica for peanuts, with his contract due to run out at the end of the season.
Almost recruited by Paris St-Germain before making the switch to Ajaccio, the El Tri star has formerly been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal and earned a nomination for the Ballon d’Or back in 2007.
The shot-stopping heroics of ‘Memo’, as he is also known, have done much to hel[ his Corsican club keep their heads above water in Ligue 1.
However, he has previously stated an ambition to play in the Champions League, a rarefied terrain which Liverpool, as short as 53/100 to win the Premier League, seem to sure to have access to next season.
Ochoa kept 12 clean sheets for perennial top-tier strugglers Ajaccio last term and while he has managed just a sixth of that number this season, a rock solid saves per concession average of 3.16 shows he’s lost none of his chops.
Mignolet, by way of comparison, manages just 1.94 stops for every Premier League goal allowed this season.