Andy Lonergan could become oldest Englishman to make Premier League debut in 21st century if he plays for Liverpool against Southampton


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Andy Lonergan would be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century if he features for Liverpool on Saturday.

The veteran goalkeeper could make his debut just days after signing a contract with the Reds.

Andy Lonergan could make his Premier League debut at 35

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Andy Lonergan could make his Premier League debut at 35

No.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker suffered a calf injury in their opening day Premier League victory against Norwich.

Back-up Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s hero in the UEFA Super Cup when he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shoot-out.

In the celebrations, a fan ran on the pitch and slipped into him causing damage to his ankle.

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Adrian is hopeful of playing against Southampton but it is likely a late call will have to be made.

Lonergan was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season but could now find himself starting at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

If he does play, he will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century at the age of 35 years and 302 days.

35y 302d – Should he debut for Liverpool tomorrow, Andy Lonergan will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century, aged 35 years and 302 days. Evergreen. pic.twitter.com/lZRTnaR2BT

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 16, 2019

The goalkeeper has had a journeyman career with spells at Preston, Leeds, Bolton, Fulham, Wolves and Middlesbrough as well as loan moves to Darlington, Wycombe, Swindon and Rochdale.

The last Englishman older than Lonergan to make his Premier League debut was John Dreyer at 36 years and 57 days when he played for Bradford against Middlesbrough in 1999.

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Andy Goram was the last goalkeeper to make his Premier League debut at 35 or older doing so for Manchester United against Coventry in 2001 at 37 years and one day.

He conceded twice before being substituted off in the 67th minute.

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