Liverpool have recruited Andrew Lonergan to accompany them on their tour of the United States and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has explained why.
The Reds are short on goalkeepers with Alisson Becker and Kamil Grabara still on their summer holidays after international commitments extended their 2018/19 seasons.
Meanwhile, Caoimhin Kelleher is recovering from wrist surgery and Academy goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros is out with an elbow injury.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Achtergberg said: “We do this because obviously, we are really light in the goalkeeping area. Ali is on holiday, Kamil is going out on loan to Huddersfield, Caoimhin has an injury, so that leaves us only with Si really and one young boy, Dan Atherton.
“We need some cover in training so we thought we’d bring someone in who can help us [so we] don’t overload the goalkeepers in training.
“Basically we’re bringing him in for training and we can try to help him get fit and we’ll see how it goes from there. It’s like he helps us and we help him to get fit.”
Simon Mignolet is essentially the club’s only fit and available goalkeeper and will play every game on the Reds’ tour of the United States while Lonergan is only set to be used in training to help Achterberg, Atherton and Mignolet out with drills.
Lonergan is not really a signing as some have mistakenly come to believe but he is rather being taken on for a couple weeks to train with Liverpool and will go back to being a free agent when the tour is over at the end of the month.
The next few weeks will slowly provide more information on who is expected to start for Jurgen Klopp against Norwich City when the 2019/20 Premier League season kicks off in August.