Liverpool are reportedly considering giving former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger a one-year contract. The 39-year-old is currently training with the Reds at Melwood and Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp is weighing up the idea of handing him a deal at the club.
Klopp is apparently determined to have three senior goalkeepers in his first-team squad for the start of the new season and has given Manninger the opportunity to impress since the Liverpool players returned to pre-season training, according to the Liverpool Echo. Manninger - who was part of Arsenal's double-winning squad in 1998 – is available on a free transfer after leaving FC Augsburg at the end of last season.
Since leaving Arsenal in 2002, Manninger has played for Espanyol, Torino, Bologna, Siena, Red Bull Salzburg, Udinese, Juventus and Augsburg, where he enjoyed a four-year spell. However, he could soon return to the Premier League with Liverpool, who are expected to sell Adam Bogdan in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool boss has loaned out goalkeeper Ryan Fulton to Chesterfield, and Danny Ward is set to spend the season at Huddersfield Town. Manninger, an Austrian international, previously served as the understudy to David Seaman at Arsenal and Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus.
The report comes shortly after Klopp admitted he will look to trim his first-team squad before the new campaign gets under way. "We have 38 players at the moment, and that is 100% too much!" Klopp recently said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"We have to take some decisions, but you can be sure that if a team takes a player from us, they will have had two or three weeks of really hard and intensive training in their legs, and are as fit as they possibly can be."