Liverpool’s goalkeeping crisis has seen Andy Lonergan lie on the verge of signing a short-term contract with the Reds.
The veteran stopper spent time at the club during pre-season, helping out while Alisson was still on holiday and youngster Caoimhin Kelleher was injured.
Alisson has now picked up an injury of his own, with Jurgen Klopp confirming that he is set to miss a “few weeks” of action.
The Liverpool manager went on to add that Lonergan is a “brilliant character” and a “really nice lad”, saying he could be on the substitutes’ bench for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.
Reds supporters have reacted to Lonergan’s imminent arrival on Twitter, as they assess whether or not he is a good addition.
Anyone else reminded of April 2012 and the Reina red card ➡️ Doni red card ➡️Brad Jones heroics in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton when they heard the Andy Lonergan news? #lfc
— ??♀️steph (@epic_skyline) August 13, 2019
So Lonergan it is.
So if another goalkeeper injury happens, not that I want it, will klopp buy another gk?
Point is at what point will klopp show faith in our reserve goalkeepers?
— Man of Justice (@SuperGops) August 13, 2019
Welcome to the greatest club in the world Andy Lonergan #LFC
— #YNWALorisitsSixBaby (@MattiasArvidss1) August 12, 2019
— Dan #Laura4Deputy #LFC (@danielbjonesLFC) August 12, 2019
— ConorYNWA1 ?? (@conorYNWA1) August 12, 2019
And Klopp to Lonergan pic.twitter.com/shJlDLOP7y
— Liverpool FC Simpsons (@LFCSimpsons) August 12, 2019
Lonergan seems to be the perfect choice today for substitute GK spot. Already trained with the team most of the pre-season & showed he still got game. Good luck to you Andy at the best club in your career, but I sincerely hope you won’t have to make an emergency cameo #LFC #YNWA pic.twitter.com/6UJW3uJhto
— Major Ross (@mihairotariu) August 12, 2019
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Lonergan’s arrival is a no-brainer in many ways, considering the position Liverpool find themselves in.
The 35-year-old shouldn’t be needed unless the Reds are desperately unfortunate, with Adrian taking Alisson’s spot for the time being, and likely to play every game without the Brazilian around.
Lonergan has enjoyed a long and successful career, though, and his experience in and around the squad certainly can’t do any harm.
As Klopp has alluded to, he is a good character and he will add some much-needed squad depth in Alisson and Kelleher’s absence.