Earlier this month, we covered information from Manu Lonjon, an increasingly reliable French transfer journalist on Twitter, that three Premier League clubs were keen on Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier.
West Ham, Everton and Liverpool were said to be keeping tabs on the former France international, and while all three would be a decent landing spot for a player who could be looking for an experience abroad after spending all his career in his home country, one has apparently made a stronger case.
According to Buzzsport’s information in France, Jürgen Klopp’s interest in Ruffier is ‘becoming more and more pressing’, with Loris Karius’ situation at Anfield looking increasingly complicated.
With Simon Mignolet currently the number one, the former Mainz player, who got a taste for first-team football at Liverpool earlier on in the season, was relegated to the bench after letting in six goals in two games against Bournemouth and West Ham in December, and hasn’t played since.
For Ruffier, however, the idea of playing second fiddle, or at least having to compete for a role, at the age of 30 probably isn’t what the Frenchman has in mind at this stage of his career.
If he were to move, the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper would want a starting role where he’d be able to showcase his abilities regularly.