Liverpool are close to signing free agent goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a short-term contract, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The newspaper claims that the Reds have reached an agreement over a one-year deal with the 35-year-old shot-stopper after Jurgen Klopp’s number one Alisson Becker suffered an injury setback against Norwich last week.
Adrian has been left as the only senior goalkeeper who is available to play for Liverpool until Alisson recovers but the Merseyside club appears to have moved fast to secure an out-of-window transfer for former Leeds and Fulham goalkeeper Lonergan.
It makes a lot of sense for Liverpool to do this. Lonergan is available, he knows the club and training ground after training with the Reds over the summer and is not a back back-up option to have while Alisson is injured. It was always a risk to just have two senior goalkeepers in the squad because you’re always one injury or suspension away from having a difficult decision to make so it is a surprise that Klopp didn’t snap up a third-choice ‘keeper while the transfer window was open. Lonergan is not one of the best goalkeepers out there but he is someone who has a lot of experience and that could come in hand. The 35-year-old has 335 Championship appearances to his name but never played in the top-flight of English football. Hopefully it does not come to that and Adrian remains available throughout Alisson’s absence but just having Lonergan on the bench is better than nothing.