By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool are preparing to announce the signing of 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a one-year contract – and fans of the club have taken to Twitter to discuss the potential new boy.
It was reported on Friday morning that manager Jurgen Klopp is close to tying up a deal for the veteran former Arsenal man.
It is said that the Austrian flew with the Liverpool squad on Thursday for their US tour and his signing should be confirmed in the next 24 hours.
The goalkeeper is set to become Liverpool’s third signing of the week. 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.
Liverpool have already allowed Danny Ward, Adam Bogdan and Ryan Fulton leave on loan this summer, and were keen to add an experienced back-up to Klopp’s squad.
However, a section of the Liverpool support are not too overjoyed over the prospect of veteran goalkeeper Manninger joining the club.
Here are a selection of the fans’ views on Twitter:
If we're lucky to get top 4 this year, Alex manninger could be the difference of achieving that and finishing 8th if karius gets injured ????
— Lee (@mightyreds88) July 22, 2016
What a truly unremarkable career Alex manninger has had 21 years and less than 250 appearances, must have absolutely no motivation
— Kieran Harris (@kieranharris17) July 22, 2016
Alex Manninger is so old he's been erased from Championship Manager and FIFA for the last 20 years #LFC
— @Socialmediajon1 (@Socialmediajon1) July 22, 2016
This Alex Manninger signing is the strangest of the lot. I know he wont play like but surely an u21 keeper is just as good
— Deano (@deanolfc1690) July 22, 2016
Alex Manninger. Things just keep getting better. Lol.
— Rashid (@HRashid_) July 22, 2016
Alex Manninger. Hopefully he's not another Bogdan.
— Farid S. (@faridM0) July 22, 2016
Check out new goalkeeper Alex Manninger if you get the chance. Signing of the summer.
— Garstonite (@bririley70) July 22, 2016
In other Liverpool transfer news, defender Jon Flanagan is weighing up an offer to join Premier League new boys Burnley on loan.