35-year-old Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to Join Liverpool on Short-term Contract

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects Andy Lonergan to the Reds on a short-term contract as a cover for the injured Alisson Becker.

Klopp confirmed ahead of Liverpool’s Super Cup tie against Chelsea on Wednesday that their no. 1 will be sidelined for the “next few weeks”.

Alisson picked a calf injury on Friday as the Reds defeated Norwich 4-1 at Anfield. New signing Adrian replaced the Brazil goalkeeper and he is expected to be between the sticks until Alisson returns.

Lonergan, who was part of the Reds pre-season campaign, will now sign a short-term deal to be the second-choice ‘keeper.

“The situation was even more difficult a few weeks ago because of injuries, but Caoimhin Kelleher is now in his final steps for being completely back,” Klopp told Liverpool official website.

“He’s training only [for] five days or so, catching balls and all that stuff, it looks all good but of course we have to find a solution in the short term and that will be, if nothing happens from now to then, Andy Lonergan.

The manager added: “He was in with us, he’s a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we decided to work together with him.

“So that’s a very experienced solution but in the moment when Caoimhin is back then obviously Adrian is No.1, Caoimhin probably No.2 but we have to see how then he can have some games with the U23s or U21s [so] that he gets match practice as well.

“We have to see how that works but that’s then how we cover that situation.”

Asked whether Lonergan is expected to be on the bench in Istanbul, Klopp replied:

“I think so. I didn’t speak to John [Achterberg] yet about that, we spoke a lot about the goalie situation apart from what we have to do [on Wednesday]!

“We will see but we can have obviously a lot of players on the bench there which is good and I think Andy will be one of them.”

Source: https://www.thisisanfield.com/2019/08/jurgen-klopps-confirms-plan-to-sign-andy-lonergan-in-wake-of-alisson-injury/

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