After Danny Ward joined a former Klopp colleague at Huddersfield Town, there is an opening for goalkeeping backup to Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. While two goalkeepers should be enough for a a reduced programme without European football, potential injuries and suspensions usually mean that either a youngster or a veteran is earmarked as a third-choice option in the case of an emergency. Could Alex Manninger fulfil that role?
Adam Bogdan won't be at the club for much longer either, and young goalkeepers such as Ryan Fulton are being loaned out. What really fuels this transfer rumour is the fact that Jürgen Klopp invited Manninger to join his team for pre-season preparations. Manninger is currently training with Liverpool, which makes it all the more convenient to sign him up to be part of the fun and games. The former Arsenal goalkeeper is currently out of contract, too. This sounds awfully like a trial where Manninger will get to train to prepare himself for a move to Liverpool or elsewhere, while Klopp gets the chance to assess Manninger closely before making a decision.
Manninger has been with Augsburg for the past four seasons but made just two Bundesliga appearances last season. In the three seasons prior to the 2015/16 campaign, Manniger has averaged just over 11 league games as reserve goalkeeper. Maybe he will be a calming sideline influence for Simon Mignolet once the season gets under way as transitioning out of the first eleven is always challenging. If Manninger's presence helps Liverpool to have the necessary depth in emergencies and enables young goalkeepers to develop on loan while a short-term option covers in the interim, it's hard to look at his presence for just a season as a worrying development.
This move is one that has legs with a few of club-connected journalists reporting that a move is possible. It's not an unusual move as older goalkeepers are often turned to as experienced depth options who are unlikely to play much, if at all. They get the chance to train at a top club at such an old age but also have a somewhat generous wage package that takes into consideration that they are unlikely to play much. Then there's the chance that events may conspire to present playing time as it has in the past at big clubs. Again, it's not a move that veers much beyond necessity.