It's fair to say that Liverpool fans have been eagerly anticipating the signing of Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman looks set to complete a move to Anfield sooner rather than later, but Jurgen Klopp and co. have actually announced a different signing today...
Indeed, the Reds have landed 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.
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Manninger, who has previously played for the duo of Arsenal and Juventus, has completed a surprise move to Anfield on a short-term deal.
Reds chief Klopp has already secured the services of German goalkeeper Loris Karius in this transfer window, but it now appears that Manninger will compete with him and Belgium international Simon Mignolet for a first-team spot on Merseyside.
Following the deal, Manninger admitted that Liverpool's interest took him by surprise. He told the club's official website: "Honestly, it was a surprise. After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn’t given up, I hadn’t said ‘that’s it’, I still waited for the phone call.
"When Liverpool was on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.
"I’ve still got something left, for sure, but obviously it’s probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in the goal. Because time says it’s not possible to play 50 games a year. But if I’m called up, I’m definitely there for games, I will play. And I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest."
As you can imagine, then, Liverpool fans have reacted hilariously to the club's latest signing.
Here are the best tweets:
What do you make of the deal? Have your say below!
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