Liverpool take 35 year old free agent keeper on tour of US
In a strange and unexpected move Liverpool have announced this morning that 35 year old former Leeds, Fulham and Preston goalie Andy Lonergan has gone on the club's US tour.
The journeyman keeper is out of contract this summer, after having spent last season on loan to League 1 Rochdale, before parent club Middlesbrough released him at the end of last season.
Lonergan has joined up with the Reds today as the men's and ladies' squads head out on their tour of the US over the next couple of weeks.
The Preston-born player has over 400 career games, many of them with his home-town club, before moving on and spending most of the remainder of his career on loan.
John Achterberg has spoken to Liverpoolfc.com this morning to explain the decision. He said: "We do this because obviously we are really light in the goalkeeping area.
"Ali is on holiday, Kamil is going out on loan to Huddersfield, Caoimhin has an injury, so that leaves us only with Si really and one young boy, Dan Atherton. We need some cover in training so we thought we’d bring someone in who can help us [so we] don’t overload the goalkeepers in training.
"Basically we’re bringing him in for training and we can try to help him get fit and we’ll see how it goes from there. It’s like he helps us and we help him to get fit."
While Lonergan hasn't played at the highest level throughout his career, Achterberg still thinks his presence can help the younger keeper during pre-season.
He continued: "It’s always good to have an experienced goalie to be able to talk to, for the young ones to talk about his experience and stuff. That’s always good.
"We just hope that he can help us over the next few weeks and we can help him to try to get to a reasonable fitness level and then we’ll take it from there."