Barnsley shot-stopper Adam Davies is hoping to take a leaf out of Manuel Neuer’s book.
Davies has been studying clips of German international keeper Neuer, known for his footwork almost as much as his handling, in a bid to excel this season as the Reds’ new sweeper-keeper.
New Reds’ boss Daniel Stendel has been appointed to bring a fresh pressing style of football at Oakwell, the type of successful blueprint employed by fellow Germans in the Premier League; Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Huddersfield's David Wagner.
And after last season’s bitter Championship relegation, Davies revealed: “The manager wants me to be a sweeper-keeper. We’ve spoken about that and been working on that already.
“We’ve had clips of Manuel Neuer sent to us of him doing that sort of stuff.
“I’m not going to be in the opposition’s half, but it’s something we can look at and take bits from what he has done.
“It is quite similar to how the manager wants us to play, but we can learn from it.
“He’s only been in a couple of weeks, but he’s massive on that. Me, Jack Walton and young Jake Greatorex have had a discussion with John Vaughan, the goalkeeping coach, and it’s something we’re looking to work on and trying to help the team as much as we can when the ball is coming over the top.
“It’s definitely something I can get into. I think one of my strengths is sweeping when the balls are coming through.
“The gaffer obviously wants us to play a bit higher than normal. It’s a fine line we’ve got to get used to. But the more we do it over these next few weeks, the more we’ll hopefully get used to it.
“Hopefully everyone can buy into that really quickly and we can start getting the results we want.”
Meanwhile, the Reds have been linked with a move for Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin with Tom Bradshaw likely to join Championship side Millwall.
Coventry City are also believed to be keen to sign the 21-year-old who scored five goals in 32 matches last season, although many of those appearances were as a substitute.