Alex Manninger explains what he can offer Liverpool after surprise signing

FC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during training

Manninger has signed a short-term contract with the Reds.

Liverpool confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a short-term contract, with the 39-year-old admitting it was something of a surprise.

The Austrian become the Reds sixth new face at the club this summer following Marko Grujic, Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan to Anfield.

FC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during trainingFC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during training

He is expected to act as cover for Karius and Simon Mignolet, and is currently on the club's tour of the United States.

Manninger, whose previous clubs include Arsenal, Juventus and Augsburg, believes he still has something to offer.

He told the official Liverpool website: "I’ve still got something left, for sure, but obviously it’s probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in the goal. Because time says it’s not possible to play 50 games a year. But if I’m called up, I’m definitely there for games, I will play. And I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest."

Alexander Manninger - JuventusAlexander Manninger - Juventus

It remains to be seen if he is given any game time at the club, but it helps for the Reds to have an experienced player knocking around the place, especially someone who has experienced of winning trophies, and playing in high pressure environments. 

Some may question the signing, Liverpool don't have that many players over 30, and given they've come off the back of a season where they have lost two cup finals, having someone who has been around clubs who have won multiple trophies could help aid the side's development. Sometimes the inexperience has shown for the Reds in the past couple of years. 

It will be interesting to see if Manninger does have a visible role at the club on the field, or whether he is purely a man for behind the scenes.

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