Guillermo Ochoa
Guillermo Ochoa Reuters

Liverpool have stepped up the chase for Mexico's World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa, according to the Express.

Ochoa is currently a free agent after being released by French club Ajaccio, who were relegated from Ligue 1 last season, and his exceptional performances at the 2014 World Cup have put as many as 20 clubs on his trail.

Liverpool currently have Simon Mignolet as their number one keeper and Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, is keen on bringing Ochoa in to give him some competition between the sticks, with Pepe Reina likely to leave the club either permanently or on another season-long loan.

The Mexican goalkeeper, who was initially linked with Barcelona, is off the Catalans' radar after they completed the signing of Chile keeper Claudio Bravo. However there are still plenty of suitors out there, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and big-spending French club AS Monaco among Liverpool's chief rivals.

Liverpool have been active in the transfer market and have already completed two deals, which saw the arrival of Rickie Lambert and a deal agreed in principle for Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can.

The Reds boss, speaking as he received an honourary degree from the University of Ulster, revealed that the club are in the market for more players and have done a lot of groundwork to ensure they secure their targets.