Liverpool announce Manninger capture

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has strengthened his option between the sticks after signing veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer.

The one-year deal, which is subject to international clearance, has been announced by the Premier League outfit on their official website.

Manninger, who represented Arsenal between 1997 and 2002, was on the books of Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg last season.

Commenting on his move to Liverpool, Manninger told the club’s website: “Honestly, it was a surprise. After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn’t given up, I hadn’t said ‘that’s it’, I still waited for the phone call.

“When Liverpool was on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.

“I’ve still got something left, for sure, but obviously it’s probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in the goal.

“Because time says it’s not possible to play 50 games a year. But if I’m called up, I’m definitely there for games, I will play. And I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest.”

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