Ter Stegen offers Reds encouragement

Barcelona goalkeeper and Liverpool target Marc-Andre ter Stegen has hinted his long-term future could lie away from the Nou Camp.

Liverpool: Ter Stegen offers Reds encouragementLiverpool: Ter Stegen offers Reds encouragement

The Germany international has been used as the ‘cup’ keeper by Barca boss Luis Enrique in recent seasons and has to play second fiddle to first-choice Claudio Bravo in La Liga.

Ter Stegen is set to play against Arsenal in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash at home on Wednesday but the 23-year-old has been regularly linked with a move to Anfield amid doubts over the Reds’ number one Simon Mignolet.

The Belgium international recently signed a five-year contract with Liverpool but concerns remain over his indifferent form earlier in the campaign and Jurgen Klopp has sent scouts to watch Ter Stegen in action recently and knows him well from his time in the Bundesliga with the keeper joining Barca from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014.

The Catalan giants rate him highly but Ter Stegen has admitted he wants to play more and, while he’s not thinking what the future holds for now, it seems a move away could beckon.

“The truth is I’m not really thinking about the future for the time being. I’m focused on tomorrow [against Arsenal], which is really exciting for me,” he said. “It’s a game where I have the opportunity to play again. The future is a long way away. But for the time being I’m interested in tomorrow.

“If I can play football I’m not interested in anything else. Of course there is always pressure but I’m always excited about playing. If you can win games like tomorrow’s, you have to enjoy that.”

He added: “I want to do my best and the end of the season is far away. You never know what the situation will be. It’s football, we’ll see how things go.

“The situation is the one we’ve got. Of course you want to play as much as possible, but for now I play in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and I want to play to my best ability all the time.”

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