Liverpool transfer news, Manninger confirmed, Swansea to firm up Allen interest, interest in Schalke youngster

FC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during training

A round-up of the transfer news involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday.

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Liverpool officially announced the signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a short term contract.

The 39-year-old is likely to act as back-up to Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet and was recently at Bundesliga club FC Augsburg.

Manninger had been training with the Reds prior to their tour of the United States, which the Austrian is part of, and manager Jurgen Klopp seemed pleased to acquire his services.

He told the official 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."

Wales' Joe Allen in action with Slovakia's Michal DurisWales' Joe Allen in action with Slovakia's Michal Duris

Swansea City looked set to table a bid for Reds midfielder Joe Allen, according to BBC Sport

Liverpool accepted an offer of £13 million from Stoke City earlier on the week, and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins seems prepared to do what he can to take Allen back to the Liberty Stadium. 

He said: "Joe is one of our own players and if at all possible we would probably make that signing."

At the time of writing, Liverpool have yet to complete the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United but the Chronicle have reported he has said his goodbye's to his teammates at St James's Park. 

The same report suggests that the relationship between Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez could see loan deals done between the clubs in this transfer window. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

A report from German publication Bild has suggested that Klopp is an admirer of Schalke youngster Max Meyer. They report Klopp wanted the 20-year-old during his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.

Away from transfers, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is one of five players beginning their pre-season schedule on their tour of the USA having participated in England's Euro 2016 run. 

Lallana seemed pleased that Liverpool have got a large part of their transfer business done early, telling the club's official website: "It’s always good to get the business done early and I’m sure they might be one or two more coming in and maybe meeting us over here.

“It’s nice to be out here with them and get bonding and start working with them.”

England's Adam LallanaEngland's Adam Lallana

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