Liverpool on verge of fifth summer signing, deal imminent (not Wijnaldum)

Liverpool are on the verge of signing experienced goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a one-year deal, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo.

The 39-year-old, who is a free agent after seeing out his contract at Augsburg, has been training with the Reds of late in a bid to earn a top tier lifeline.

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With much movement on the goalkeeper front on Merseyside this summer, Jurgen Klopp has been left with only two stoppers in the shape of new signing Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, with Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan having moved on loan to Huddersfield and Wigan respectively.

The German manager is, however, keen to have a third experienced option to call upon, and reports claim that Manninger has done enough to convince the Kop side that he is worthy of a one-year deal.

It’s understood that the veteran Austrian has travelled with Liverpool on their pre-season tour of America and that his move to the club should be made official within the coming 24 hours.

As his age suggests, Manninger boasts much know-how at the highest level, and has even tasted Premier League and FA Cup glory while with Arsenal in 1997/98.

He stayed with the Gunners until 2002 and has since played in Spain, Italy, Germany and his homeland.

Liverpool are also on the verge of signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle in a £25m deal.

Klopp has already overseen swoops for Karius, Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan this window, while Marko Grujic has linked up with the squad after signing for the club in January – he spent the end of 2015/16 on loan back at Red Star Belgrade.

 


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