Liverpool have turned to a 35-year-old goalkeeper with no Premier League experience to solve a problem position ahead of their pre-season tour of USA.
Simon Mignolet had been the only other goalkeeper available to Jurgen Klopp, with Alisson Becker on holiday after playing for Brazil in the Copa America, Kamil Grabara going on loan to Huddersfield and academy duo Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitoslav Jaros both injured.
If anything was to happen to Mignolet over in the U.S., the absence of any backup goalkeeper could have been somewhat of an issue.
That Klopp turned to 35-year-old Lonergan, who has never played in the top flight, may initially seem something of a surprise but it does obviously reduce the risk of a goalkeeping crisis in the worst-case scenario. Indeed, the German is the man who rather surprisingly brought Alex Manninger to Anfield back in 2016, so he does have previous in turning to experience to plug a short-term gap.
A tally of 33 first-team appearances in three years in the Football League, where a league season has 46 games before play-offs are factored into the equation, is rather slim.
The likelihood is that Lonergan is merely filling a gap and, once Alisson and Kelleher return, his services will no longer be required by Klopp.
However, to get Liverpool through their pre-season preparations, his inclusion in the Reds’ squad is clever.
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