Whenever one of our bartenders drops a glass or two, cries of “are you Mignolet in disguise?” fly around the Transfer Tavern, such is the regard the Reds’ Belgian goalkeeper is held in, so claims that Saint-Etienne stopper Stephane Ruffier is being looked at have been met enthusiastically.
The Merseysiders’ issues between the sticks this season are well-known and Jurgen Klopp’s move to draft in Loris Karius from Mainz last summer has done little to solve the problem.
The stopper replaced Simon Mignolet earlier in the campaign, but a string of gaffes against Bournemouth and West Ham over the winter period cost him his first-team berth, with his only appearances since coming in the EFL Cup and FA Cup.
Many Kopites here in the Tavern have been talking about the goalies they want Klopp to target after he failed to address this position in January, and a new name is in the mix via Yahoo Sport France reporter Manu Lonjon: Ruffier.
These last weeks, Stéphane Ruffier was watched by West Ham, Liverpool and Everton pic.twitter.com/H23OCT5HdG
— Manu (@ManuLonjon) March 1, 2017
According to Lonjon, the Anfield side have been scouting the glovemsan, but they are not alone in their interest in the player, with local rivals Everton and Londoners West Ham also watching on – both the Toffees and the Hammers have their own issues in the position.
The 30-year-old is considered to be one of the top shot-stoppers in French football and is a regular for St Etienne, who recently made it to the knockout stages of the Europa League, albeit their run ended with a 4-0 aggregate loss to Manchester United last week.
He was not a part of Les Bleus’ EURO 2016 squad last year, but Ruffier has been capped three times by his home nation, which is a tally that may be greater if not for the country’s wealth of top-class No.1s.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience