Alex Manninger training with Liverpool

Veteran keeper Alex Manninger finished a stint with Augsburg at the end of last season
Image: Veteran keeper Alex Manninger finished a stint with Augsburg at the end of last season

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger is training with Liverpool and could be awarded a contract if he impresses.

The Reds are looking for extra goalkeeping back-up and the 39-year-old Manninger is a contender to battle Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius for first-team minutes next season.

Manninger has been capped 33 times by Austria and has played for clubs in England, Italy, Spain and Germany during his itinerant career.

Manninger celebrates with Augsburg fans after the Bundesliga match against Hamburg in May
Image: Manninger celebrates with Augsburg fans after the Bundesliga match against Hamburg in May

Mainly a back-up during five years at Arsenal between 1997 and 2002, Manninger made an important contribution to the Gunners' 1998 Premier League title success.

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Filling in for the injured David Seaman at a key point in the campaign, he kept six clean sheets in a row, and special dispensation was granted so he could be awarded a Premier League winners' medal, despite not having made the mandatory number of appearances.

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He went on to spend time at Juventus as a back-up to the great Gianluigi Buffon and has been with German side Augsburg for the last four seasons.

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