Upon signing his contract with the club in the United States, Manninger told Liverpoolfc.com.

‘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,’ Manninger.

‘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.

The goalkeeper says that his football career is limited but he insists that when the times comes for him to make an appearance, he will be up for the challenge.

‘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,’ he added.

‘And I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of percent, it will do the rest.’

Over the course of his career, Manninger has made 300 appearances and kept 85 clean sheets playing for the like of Arsenal, Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus during his career.

On an international level, the former Austria international has 34 caps to his name.

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