Everton and Rafa Benitez have announced veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has signed for them until the end of the season.
This decision was taken after Harry Tyrer suffered a quadriceps injury. Their other reserve goalkeeper, Joao Virginia is expected to head out on loan soon.
37-year old Lonergan will play third fiddle to Everton's first-team goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic. He joins them after short stints at Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.
He brings to squad the experience of having being part of some important games during his time at Liverpool. He was a part of the squad in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup and in both of Liverpool's FIFA Club World Cup games. Liverpool went on to win both finals.
Many fans have taken a funny take on this transfer saying that following the footsteps of Benitez, Lonergan has also shifted loyalties from the Red side of Merseyside to the Blue. But however, jokes apart, we know that they have their reasons of choosing to do so.
It can be truly said that Lonergan is at the back end of his career. Hence, having the chance to represent a Premier League club, even if it is Everton, is good for him.
However, there is a chance that Lonergan could enter the record books by being the first player to be a part of the Liverpool and Everton side but never make a senior competitive appearance for either side. Some will argue that he did leave Liverpool with two medals which might not be case now.
Everton signed their new goalkeeper prior to the registration deadline for Saturday’s visit to Leeds United. However, he is not expected to make the bench.