Saturday 3 December 2016

Liverpool are on the verge of adding a very surprising blast from the past to their squad

Published 11/07/2016 | 16:15

Alex Manninger has signed for Arsenal
Alex Manninger has signed for Arsenal

Premier League fans of a certain age will remember collecting Alex Manninger in their sticker books when the Austrian goalkeeper was in the Arsenal squad between 1997 and 2002.

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The blonde shot-stopper is the sort of obscure Premier League journeyman who routinely pops up in 'name that 90s player' quizzes, but kids of the present generation may get the opportunity to add Manninger to their sticker collection this season.

Tony Barrett of The Times is reporting that the 39-year-old is currently training with Liverpool with a view to becoming their third choice goalkeeper behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

Manninger started his professional career all the way back in 1995 with SV Salzburg and won 33 international caps between 1999 and 2009.

One of the highlight's of his career was when he deputised for the injured David Seaman during Arsenal's double-winning season in 1997/98, when Manninger kept six clean sheets in-a-row and won a Premier League Player of the Month award.

In a funny stat, new Liverpool keeper Karius was just two years old when Manninger started his professional career.

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