Klopp claims former Liverpool man ‘was a legend’ before joining Everton

Date published: Friday 29th October 2021 11:20 - Rob McCarthy

Caoimhin Kelleher and Andy Lonergan Liverpool 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked that Andy Lonergan ‘used to be a legend’ after his former keeper joined rivals Everton.

The 38-year-old veteran stopper was with the Reds during the 2019/20 Premier League-winning season and picked up UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup medals, despite never appearing in a game for the Merseysiders.

After short spells with Stoke and West Brom last season, Toffees boss Rafa Benitez picked up Lonergan to act as third choice behind Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic at Goodison Park.

Lonergan spent 11 years at Preston, where Liverpool won in the Carabao Cup in midweek. And speaking to north west reporter Simon Crabtree. Klopp name-checked the stopper: “We had, from my point of view, a 100% Preston North End legend here with Andy Lonergan.

“He won with us pretty much everything, we loved him!

“But now I think he is at Everton … so he was a legend, he used to be a legend.”

Liverpool are back in action on Saturday when they host Brighton at Anfield.

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Meanwhile, Brighton boss Graham Potter created a new category even higher than ‘world class’ when speaking about how to halt Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah this weekend.

Salah, 29, is arguably the best player in world football right now. His most recent showing saw a hat-trick plundered as Manchester United were put to the sword at Old Trafford.

That ensured the Egyptian extended his scoring streak in consecutive games to 10 matches. He also upped his tally across all competitions for the season to 15.

Next in Salah and Liverpool’s sights are Brighton, who themselves are enjoying a stellar season.

And speaking in his press conference ahead of the fixture, Potter was asked how he’ll go about preparing a plan to stop Salah.

“That’s a very good question,” said Potter, before declaring Salah to be even better than world class.

The Seagulls boss quipped: “At the moment he’s not world class, he’s out-of-this-world class!

“He is producing in all the big games too – Chelsea, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United.

“But, unfortunately for us, it’s not just him who is a top, top player for Liverpool.

“It’s a team, these top teams have wonderful individual players. However, they’re also a unit and a team and we must try to deal with that.”

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