Liverpool sign veteran goalkeeper Manninger
Liverpool sign veteran goalkeeper Manninger

Liverpool are on the verge of confirming their latest signing, veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

The 39-year-old has been training with Jurgen Klopp’s squad after leaving German club Augsburg.

Adam Bogdan and Danny Ward’s departures have opened up a slot as the third choice behind Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.

And now Liverpool Echo claims a one-year deal should be announced in the next 24 hours.

Manninger flew with the Liverpool squad to the US yesterday for their pre-season tour and he could play against Chelsea next week.

The Austrian is no stranger to the Premier League after spending five years at Arsenal.

He joined the Gunners in 1997 and was part of their 1998 double-winning squad.

But Manninger has played for a host of clubs since leaving north London including Espanyol, Torino, Bologna, Siena, Red Bull Salzburg, Udinese, and Juventus.

The Austrian is currently without a club having been released by German side FC Augsburg at the end of last season.

Manninger has played for 12 teams at senior level after starting out in 1995. The former Austrian international had three spells at Red Bull Salzburg, two at Siena and has featured for some illustrious clubs including Arsenal, Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus in his two-decade career.

After being released by Juventus in the summer of 2012, Manninger went on trial at Everton but failed to earn a contract.

Interestingly, in his four appearances against Liverpool during his time at Arsenal, Manninger conceded 10 goals – with all of those coming at Anfield.

His best result against the Reds was a goalless draw at Highbury on Jan. 9 1999.

Despite Anfield not being a happy hunting ground, he did manage to save a Michael Owen penalty to deny further embarrassment in a 4-0 defeat on May 6, 1998.


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