Liverpool sporting director

By Wayne Veysey

Liverpool are in advanced talks to sign Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal amid fears Alisson will be sidelined for two months through injury, Football Insider understands.

The Brazilian goalkeeper pulled up with a calf injury in Friday’s 4-1 win over Norwich City and initial assessments yesterday showed he could be out for between four and six weeks.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the club have immediately turned their attention to wrapping up the signing of Lonergan, 35, after he impressed on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Discussions over a deal are at an advanced stage after Liverpool tabled a contract offer to the 6ft 4in keeper that is expected to be accepted.

This comes after Football Insider revealed yesterday morning that Liverpool were plotting a move to sign Lonergan in the wake of Alisson’s injury.

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The Merseyside giants want proven back-up to Adrian, who was signed at the start of the week as a replacement for Simon Mignolet following his transfer to Brugge.

Lonergan is in Liverpool’s thinking as number three Caoimhin Kelleher is still recovering from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since early July.

Lonergan is available as a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough at the end of last season and Premier League rules allow clubs to sign players of that status outside of the transfer windows.

The 35-year-old has made 405 senior appearances in a career that has included spells at Leeds United, Wolves, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and, most recently, Boro.

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’.