The Irish Times have reported that Andy Lonergan is to join Liverpool on their US tour this summer to act as cover in the goalkeeping department, and to add quality in training.
Liverpool have embarked on a nine-day tour of America, where they will face Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon. But Jurgen Klopp is lacking in options between the sticks.
Alisson is still enjoying time off after helping Brazil win the Copa America. Simon Mignolet is to travel, but the club will also be without Under-23 stopper Kamil Grabara and injured youngsters Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros.
It has seen Klopp choose to bring in Lonergan to ease his woes between the sticks, though it remains to be seen if Lonergan will actually get any game time. It is believed that Lonergan has been brought in to add quality in training.
He is not signing a contract with Liverpool, but when the squad returns from America, the former Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End stopper could be retained for the club’s training camp in Evian.
TBR’s view – Lack of goalkeepers raises Mignolet’s importance
Mignolet has been linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer as he continues to remain patient as Alisson’s number two. But a lack of options shows just how important he is to Liverpool.
The Belgian still remains one of the country’s best goalkeepers and is certainly of Premier League standard. But the fact that Lonergan is joining, simply raises the importance of Mignolet.
Liverpool have to keep him. If Alisson becomes unavailable, Liverpool have no-one else.