Liverpool unexpectedly sign former Arsenal player: 'Honestly, it was a surprise'

Liverpool unexpectedly sign former Arsenal player: 'Honestly, it was a surprise'
File photo dated 25-07-1998 of Alex Manninger. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

The 39-year-old former Arsenal keeper left Augsburg in the summer and it is believed he has signed a one-year contract.

Manninger will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet and fellow new arrival Loris Karius, who arrived from German club Mainz.

"Honestly, it was a surprise," Manninger, who was already out with the squad on their tour of the United States, told liverpoolfc.com.

"After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn't given up, I hadn't said 'That's it', I still waited for the phone call.

"When Liverpool were on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.

"I've still got something left, for sure, but obviously it's probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in goal.

"Time says it's not possible to play 50 games a year but if I'm called up I'm definitely there for games, I will play.

"I'll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it's only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest."

Manninger, a former Austria international who also played for Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus, had been training with Liverpool prior to him signing a contract.

The goalkeeper is Jurgen Klopp's sixth signing of the summer after Karius, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane - with Newcastle midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum likely to be next after he completes his medical on Merseyside on Friday.

The manager explained the reasons for signing the veteran goalkeeper.

"He brings us great experience," he said.

"We have sent out some of the goalkeepers on loan to get games, which is important because in this position you only come off the bench if there is an injury or a red card.

"They changed the rules so we cannot bring an Under-21 goalkeeper back from a team in England during the season if we have a problem, so we had to make a decision - keep somebody back to protect us or bring in someone else who can give us experience - and I think this is the best solution to allow others to develop."


More in this Section

Brendan Rodgers plans Leicester training in empty stadium ahead of restartBrendan Rodgers plans Leicester training in empty stadium ahead of restart

Jadon Sancho demands change after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirtJadon Sancho demands change after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirt

Championship season set to resume on weekend of June 20Championship season set to resume on weekend of June 20

Clerkin backs GAA’s cautious approach to resumptionClerkin backs GAA’s cautious approach to resumption


Lifestyle

Every parent eventually reaches that weird milestone where their children discover that their mother or father had a life before kids. For Cork musician John “Haggis” Hegarty it came this April, when his 17-year-old son walked in clutching a copy of the Irish Examiner.Emperor of Ice Cream: Cork band reunite for another scoop

Louis Theroux, best known for his TV documentaries, is, like the rest of us, being forced to improvise and so has started a podcast, Grounded with Louis Theroux.Podcast Corner: Louis Theroux and Ross Kemp zoom into action

Gavin James is preparing for what is probably the strangest challenge of his live-gigging career to date: performing to a sea of cars at his upcoming Live at the Drive In gigs.Gavin James: All revved up for drive-in gigs

The Government last week reminded anyone receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP), put in place as an emergency response to layoffs made in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, that they could be liable for a tax bill at the end of the year.Making Cents: Working out if you will face a tax bill because of Covid-19 supports

More From The Irish Examiner