Lonergan set to join Liverpool on short-term deal after Alisson injury

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2019

Alisson injured his calf against Norwich City on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp confirming he will miss the next few weeks of action. "It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"So we'll be looking for a tough game, maybe a wee bit different to the Chelsea we faced last season but it'll be interesting to see what they're like".

The traditional curtain-raiser to the European season may not be taken entirely seriously by everyone, but neither club will turn their noses up at the chance of lifting more silverware, with Liverpool having just ended a seven-year trophy drought and Frank Lampard eager to kick-start his Chelsea managerial career.

The Champions League winners take on Premier League rivals Chelsea, who won last season's Europa League, in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Liverpool need to quickly sign another goalkeeper to provide backup to Adrian as the Merseyside club have several key games coming up, and can't go into these games with just one fully fit keeper in the squad.

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Veteran stopper Andy Lonergan spent some time with Liverpool during pre-season on their USA tour and is now a free agent.

He said: "I think [the Community Shield] would have been nice but we lost the way we did, which was unfortunate". I didn't speak to (goalkeeping coach) John Achterberg yet about that.

"He was in with us, he's a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season, and now we made a decision to work together with him". We spoke a lot about the goalie situation apart from what we have to do [on Wednesday]!

Liverpool fans had enough of dodgy goalkeepers before Alisson's big-money arrival last summer, which nearly instantly settled down a backline that had been leaky for years.

"Obviously when a keeper has to come off, it's never too promising, so, yes, I think everyone needs to get their head around the fact that he probably will be our keeper for the next few weeks and if so, then we have to live with that, embrace that and I'm sure he will learn from us".

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