Done deal: Liverpool announce veteran as sixth summer signing
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool have announced the signing of 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer.
Manninger was released by German club Augsburg at the end of last season and has since been training with the Liverpool squad.
The Austrian joined the Reds on Thursday for their US tour after signing a one-year deal with the Anfield club.
Jurgen Klopp’s side announced the move on social media via their official Twitter account:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2016
The goalkeeper is Liverpool’s second signing of the week and another major signing could be imminent. The Merseysiders announced the arrival of defender Ragnar Klavan on Wednesday and Georginio Wijnaldum will reportedly undergo an Anfield medical on Friday after a deal worth up to £25million was agreed with Newcastle.
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“When Liverpool was on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for,” Manninger told the Liverpool website. “This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.
“I’ve still got something left, for sure, but obviously it’s probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in the goal. Because time says it’s not possible to play 50 games a year.
“But if I’m called up, I’m definitely there for games, I will play. And I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest.”
The Anfield outfit have already allowed Danny Ward, Adam Bogdan and Ryan Fulton to leave on loan this summer, and were keen to add an experienced back-up to Klopp’s squad.
The Austrian veteran has played across Europe with stints at Juventus, Espanyol and Udinese after making his name at Arsenal more than a decade ago.
The keeper, who was part of the Gunners double winning side of 1998 under Arsene Wenger, has 11 Champions League appearances to his name, five with Juventus and six before that at Arsenal.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Lucas Leiva could be offered the captaincy by Newcastle to persuade him to drop down to the Championship.