Jurgen Klopp explains reasoning behind shock Manninger signing

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during training

The former Arsenal goalkeeper has signed a short term contract with Liverpool after his Augsburg release.

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

Jurgen Klopp has outlined his reason for signing former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a short term deal, in an interview on the club's website.

Liverpool's summer transfer window is certainly seeing Jurgen Klopp make his mark on the squad at Anfield, with the German on Friday completing his fifth signing of the summer, with a sixth - Georginio Wijnaldum - reportedly on the way.

Of those five players that have confirmed their switch to the Reds, four are closely associated with German football. 

But while the signings of Joel Matip from Schalke and Loris Karius look smart pieces of business, Klopp's decision to sign Austrian goalkeeper - and former Arsenal man - Alex Manninger after his release from Augsburg looks peculiar on the face of it.

The Liverpool boss explained the reasoning behind recruiting the 39-year-old, who is joining teammate Ragnar Klavan in switching the Bundesliga side for Merseyside.

“Alex has played at a high level in his career in the top division in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria for some very big teams – not many people can say that," Klopp told the Liverpool website.

“He brings us great experience and I know that as a person he is someone who every day will show what a great professional he is and will be important for the squad."

The fact Liverpool have sent some of their other goalkeepers out to get game time made it clear to Klopp that an experienced third choice would be of benefit to the development of others.

“We have sent out some of the goalkeepers on loan and get games, which is important because in this position you only come off the bench if there is an injury or a red card," Klopp added.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the matchLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the match

“They changed the rules so we cannot bring an U21 goalkeeper back from a team in England during the season if we have a problem, so we had to make a decision – keep somebody back to protect us or bring in someone else who can give us experience and I think this is the best solution to allow others to develop.

“In this way, this is good for everyone and I am really happy that he comes into the group.”

It is smart thinking by Klopp, who has made it clear that he is committed to the development of young players throughout his career. And though Manninger is unlikely to see much first-team action this season, an experienced pair of hands is often a smart choice for such a role in the squad.

And on a short term, low-risk contract, suddenly Manninger's addition doesn't seem so bizarre after all.

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