11 Jul 2016

Deal Close: After Klopp contact, 'excellent' title-winner flies in to seal Liverpool transfer. Done deal this week?

With Adam Bogdan on the outs, and Danny Ward farmed out on loan, there's a space in Liverpool's squad for a back-up goalkeeper, and it looks like Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is on the verge of bringing someone in.

According to The Mirror today:

"Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger...has been invited by Klopp to train at Melwood. Klopp is assessing him, and he could sign a deal to act as cover for Karius and Mignolet".

I still remember Liverpool being linked with Manninger^ during Gerard Houllier's reign, and at that time, he would've been a great signing (IMO).

Overall, Manninger played against the Reds eight times during his Arsenal career, the highlight of which was (arguably) a penalty save from Michael Owen during Liverpool's 4-0 demolition job at Anfield in May 1998.

Of course, at that time, the Gunners had already won the league and cup double, so the game was pretty meaningless.

Manninger still retains a high opinion of Liverpool, and when asked about the club last season (prior to the Reds Europa League games against Augsburg), he raved:

"Liverpool has a history that very few other clubs have. They are simply part of the fabric of English football, and are one of the most famous teams in the world".

Manninger's stats for the last four seasons:

* 60 goals conceded in 39 apps (One every 57 mins)

* 6 clean sheets (One every 575 mins/One every 10 games)

Less than solid, but unless there's an injury disaster, Manninger will be permanently consigned to the training ground. What he will bring, though, is a wealth of experience, and can only be good for Mignolet and Karius.

It's also possible that Klopp may see Manninger as a future goalkeeping coach, which may (partly) explain the decision to bring him the club.

^ Described by ex-Augsburg boss Markus Weinzierl as an 'excellent player' and a 'gift' to Augsburg.


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