By Wayne Veysey
Liverpool are plotting a move to sign Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal to alleviate their growing goalkeeper crisis, Football Insider understands.
The 35-year-old is on the radar of the Merseyside giants as they weigh up keeper options following the injury suffered to number one Alisson in last night’s 4-1 win over Norwich City.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the club are looking at bringing in a keeper to provide cover if Alisson’s injury proves to be a serious one.
Lonergan is a strong possibility as he joined Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the United States last month.
He was not subsequently offered a deal as the Merseysiders went on to sign Adrian on a free transfer the same day as they sold Simon Mignolet to Brugge.
But Lonergan is once again in Liverpool’s thinking as number three Caoimhin Kelleher is still recovering from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since early July.
Much will depend on the extent of the injury suffered to Alisson, who was helped off in the first half against Norwich after suffering a calf injury taking a goal kick.
Scans today will determine the extent of the damage and be key to Liverpool deciding to bring in a proven keeper to back up Adrian, who made his debut last night.
A deal can be done quickly, within days, as Lonergan is available as a free agent.
Lonergan is a proven performer who has made 405 senior appearances in a career that has included spells at Leeds United, Wolves, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and, most recently, Middlesbrough.
Premier League rules allow clubs to sign free agents outside of the window, which shut on Thursday evening.
In other Liverpool news, Football Insider can reveal that the club have accepted a bid for a player who’s ‘absolutely blown Klopp away in training’.