Ex-Preston keeper to join Liverpool on pre-season tour

Date published: Tuesday 16th July 2019 8:54

Andy Lonergan

Former Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan will join Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the United States.

With Alisson also still to return after his Copa America triumph with Brazil, Lonergan, released by Middlesbrough at the end of the season after a loan spell at Rochdale, has been brought in for the club’s tour of the US which begins on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old is not signing a contract but it is understood Jurgen Klopp and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg feel they need someone of a decent standard to play in training.

Lonergan may also be retained for the training camp in Evian when the squad returns from America a week on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Klopp insists second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is staying at the club this season.

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard,” said the German.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

 

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