Liverpool Agree Contract With Veteran Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan Following Alisson Injury

Liverpool have agreed a one-year contract with veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 35-year-old is set to sign the deal and could be on the bench for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup match against Premier League rivals Chelsea in Istanbul.

Lonergan linked up with Liverpool for their US tour in the summer with No.1 stopper Alisson still enjoying a break following his involvement with Brazil at the Copa America, and youngsters Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros both injured.

That left Simon Mignolet and 19-year-old Dan Atherton as the only stoppers available, with Lonergan joining the squad initially to ease the burden on the goalkeepers in training.

But the former Preston North End, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham  stopper ended up playing in the first half of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park in Boston.

There were no plans to extend Lonergan’s stay with the club once pre-season ended, but Jurgen Klopp has been forced to act following the injury suffered by Alisson in the 4-1 Premier League victory over Norwich City at Anfield on Friday.

The Brazilian pulled up with a calf injury in the first half and he could be out for up to eight weeks, with Irish youngster Kelleher still recovering from a broken wrist.

With Mignolet leaving Anfield for Club Brugge last week, new No.2 stopper Adrian is now set for a run in the team having replaced Alisson against the Canaries.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has backed the former West Ham gloveman to succeed over the next few weeks.

“[His experience] is the main thing, he knows what he is doing. He’s played a load of games, so he knows what it is about,” the 20-year-old told the Evening Standard.

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