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Rafa Benitez confirms ex-Liverpool goalkeeper as new Everton signing

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Everton have completed the signing of Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal, with the goalkeeper the latest in a short list to represent both Liverpool and their rivals.

Lonergan spent the 2019/20 season with the Reds having been brought in as emergency cover due to injuries to Alisson and Caoimhin Kelleher in pre-season.

The veteran goalkeeper’s sole appearance for the club came in a 2-1 friendly loss to Sevilla, making the substitutes’ bench on eight occasions in the campaign proper but failing to make it onto the pitch.

His value instead came in training, and Lonergan ended the season with a Premier League winner’s medal to recognise his contribution to the squad and support of the likes of Alisson and Adrian.

With his contract up, he went on to play for both Stoke and West Brom – albeit with only one appearance between the two spells combined – before heading into the summer as a free agent.

Everton have now moved to bring the 37-year-old in as cover following an injury to academy goalkeeper Harry Tyrer, as Benitez revealed on Friday.

“He’s a player I think can give us some experience, because we need it to sort out this problem just in case,” he told reporters.

“So we have a new signing, but it’s a player maybe nobody was expecting!”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2020: Liverpool's goalkeeper Andy Lonergan during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lonergan’s move to Goodison comes after the controversial appointment of an ex-Liverpool manager in Benitez, with the ‘keeper joining a small list of double agents between the two Merseyside rivals.

The likes of Peter Beardsey, Nick Barmby, Abel Xavier, Sander Westerveld, Steve McMahon, Gary Ablett, David Burrows and Kevin Sheedy have featured for both clubs, with Westerveld the most recent in 2006.

It is unlikely that Lonergan will make a competitive appearance for Everton during his time with the club, but his move across Stanley Park is certainly an intriguing one.


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