Everton have confirmed the signing of former Liverpool player Andy Lonergan as back-up goalkeeper.
The club’s official website reported that the 37-year-old has signed a one-year deal. He will act as deputy to Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic at Goodison Park.
Lonergan becomes the second person with connections to Liverpool to join the Toffees this summer, following the club’s former manager Rafa Benitez.
The 37-year-old joined the Reds in 2019. While he was originally supposed to join the team on their pre-season tour due to a shortage of goalkeepers, Lonergan was given a short-term contract for the 2019/20 campaign.
He was an official member of the squad that won the league that season.
While he never played a competitive game for Liverpool, he is technically a Premier League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup winner.
Lonergan becomes the first former Liverpool player to join Everton since 2006.
Lonergan to Everton a bizarre switch
When we woke up this morning, we did not think that Andy Lonergan would be a name that we would see in the media today.
We certainly didn’t think that he would be signing for a Premier League team.
Yes, he will only be third-choice at Goodison Park. He was only signed due to an injury to youngster Harry Tyrer.
Yet it is still a strange move. You don’t often see players playing for both Liverpool and Everton.
We don’t think that too many fans will begrudge him.
He was at West Brom for the last few months of last season, but was released when they were relegated to the Championship.
Lonergan probably could have hung up his gloves, but he will now be earning a Premier League wage for another year.
If he was a first-choice keeper at Anfield, then perhaps it would be an unacceptable move for him.
But the reality is that he shouldn’t be turning down a great opportunity for the sake of loyalty to a club that he never even played for.
What did Twitter think of it?
It is strange to see such a big reaction on Twitter for a third-choice goalkeeper.
But it is an ex-Liverpool player signing for Everton, after all. There was always bound to be a bit of traction.
Most of it is light-hearted fun, so here are our favourite reactions.
Lonergan walking into Finch Farm with his PL medal around his neck pic.twitter.com/1OvMWJR3j4— LFCZA 🇿🇦 (@LFCZA) August 20, 2021
Signing two of our club legends, Rafa and Lonergan.— Mike 💥 (@LFC_Mikeee) August 20, 2021
Man, Everton really want to be us don’t they.
Everton fans finally can say they have a premier league winners, thanks us later @Everton— • (@The_Gerrard_Era) August 20, 2021