Brendan Rodgers has confessed that he may consider an emergency loan move to get a new goalkeeper to Liverpool should Brad Jones be ruled out for a significant period.
The Reds’ reserve stopper, who has been starting for the Merseysiders of late following some shaky showings from Simon Mignolet, limped off during the win at Burnley on Boxing Day with a suspected thigh problem.
Should the Australian be out for a significant period of time, then Rodgers will be left with just one senior ‘keeper, and Premier League rules allow for a loan move outside of the transfer window for another goalie in such an event.
Although the Anfield side have youngsters available, they may be granted permission to bring in a fringe player from another club on a short-term deal to provide cover or be a stand-in as the No. 1.
And the Northern Irishman says that such an arrangement may be an option if Jones’ injury is a bad one:
“We will just look at that [a loan deal]. If he [Jones] is missing out, we have young Danny Ward and he will come on to the bench.” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I thought he [Mignolet] did well. There was just the once when the ball went over the line [from a Mamadou Sakho backpass].
“He has worked hard since he has come out of the team. He has kept a clean sheet and that was important.”