By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have announced that goalkeeper Alex Manninger has decided to bring an end to his career via their retained list on Friday afternoon.
The 40-year-old shot-stopper lasted just one season on Merseyside with the official Liverpool website detailing on Friday that Manninger was the only senior player to be released following the end of his Reds contact.
Academy players Tom Brewitt, Jake Brimmer, Jack Dunn, Madger Gomes, Kane Lewis and Adam Phillips are also set to be released at the end of their current contracts.
But, it was the name of Manninger who was the most notable with the 34-time capped Austria international enjoying a fine career which ended at Anfield.
The goalkeeper had previously played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Arsenal, Fiorentina and even Juventus as recently as 2012.
He didn’t however manage to make a senior appearance for Liverpool following his free transfer from Bundesliga side FC Augsburg in the summer of 2016.
The closest Manninger got to a first team appearance for the Reds was on the bench, where he appeared four times against Arsenal, Burnley, Tottenham and Burton in the League Cup.
Liverpool are now likely to look at Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius as their two senior golkeepers, while youngster Danny Ward will also be returning from a loan deal with promoted club Huddersfield this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Manninger was clearly brought in as a squad filler last summer and it is not known how much of an influence the experienced stopper had on the likes of Mignolet and Karius off the pitch given he has played for some of Europe’s big clubs. It also wouldn’t be too surprising to see Manninger offered a coaching role at Liverpool in the future given German compatriot Jurgen Klopp is the manager and that he has made no qualms in bringing on board recently retired players for the famous club given Steven Gerrard’s current coaching role with the Under-18s.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are weighing up a move for this long-term Klopp target.