Liverpool fans react on Twitter to signing of veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger

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The experienced stopper joins on a short term deal from FC Augsburg.

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Liverpool today confirmed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a short term deal, via their official website.

The 39-year old’s arrival is something of a left-field development, with the former Arsenal goalkeeper making just 36 appearances in the past four seasons at previous club FC Augsburg.

Jurgen Klopp has explained his decision to recruit the Premier League winner as a ploy to enhance the development of younger keepers at the club.

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The Reds now have Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius and Manninger as their options between the sticks and that has allowed them to loan out some of their goalkeeping prospects; giving them the chance to gain valuable senior experience rather than limiting them to a reserve role for the season.

Manninger becomes Jurgen Klopp’s fifth signing of the summer and while not the most glamorous of additions, it may well prove to be a shrewd move.

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The Austrian boasts tremendous experience over his 21-year playing career – making 247 appearances for 11 clubs – and he will provide another useful alternative should Mignolet suffer a similarly poor campaign.

We’ve compiled some of the best Twitter reaction to Manninger’s signing below:

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