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Jurgen Klopp's possible new recruit: Goalkeeper Alex Manninger

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger is training with Liverpool and could join the club on a short-term deal.

Here are five things to know about the 39-year-old ...

1. He has plenty of experience

The Austrian is currently without a club having been released by German side FC Augsburg at the end of last season.

Manninger has played for 12 teams at senior level after starting out in 1995. The former Austrian international had three spells at Red Bull Salzburg, two at Siena and has featured for some illustrious clubs including Arsenal, Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus in his two-decade career.

After being released by Juventus in the summer of 2012, Manninger reportedly went on trial at Merseyside rivals Everton but failed to earn a contract.

2. He has never beaten Liverpool in his career

In his four appearances against Liverpool during his time at Arsenal, Manninger conceded 10 goals -- with all of those coming at Anfield.

His best result against the Reds was a goalless draw at Highbury on Jan. 9 1999.

Despite Anfield not being a happy hunting ground, he did manage to save a Michael Owen penalty to deny further embarrassment in a 4-0 defeat on May 6 1998.

3. After leaving Arsenal he joined Espanyol, sort of ...

Having been understudy to David Seaman at Arsenal for five years, Manninger departed north London for Spanish side Espanyol in the summer of 2002.

However, he failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Catalan club and was released just a month after joining them. It was reported at the time that doubts existed over whether the £960,000 transfer had actually been complete.

"I came here and signed with the intention of staying. I don't understand anything," Manninger said in Aug. 2002.

Left without club, Manninger then joined Italian side Torino in January 2003 for the remainder of the season.

4. He wouldn't be the oldest goalkeeper in the Premier League

Following Mark Schwarzer's departure from Leicester City at the end of last season, the honour of being the oldest current player in the Premier League now belongs to Stoke City's Shay Given at 40 years old.

The Republic of Ireland keeper became the 12th oldest stopper to feature in the Premier League in April 2016 when he filled in for the injured Jack Butland.

Manchester City's John Burridge is the oldest keeper to play in the division when he featured at the age of 43 years and 163 days back in May 1995.

5. He helped Arsenal win the title

In the early part of his career, Manninger was considered as a reliable backup to Seaman at Arsenal. Tall in stature and with the ability to produce stunning saves, Manninger was handed the Premier League player of the month for March 1998 when he replaced the injured Seaman. He was seen as an important part of Arsenal's title winning season in 1997-98, making important saves at important moments including a superb stop in a 0-0 draw away at West Ham on March. 2 1998.

However, with age creeping up on him, his talents, understandably, appear to be deteriorating. Over the past three Bundesliga seasons, only one goalkeeper to have made more than 20 appearances had a worse save success rate than Manninger.