Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has revealed that he has been a target of mockery after the Reds’ recent success.
The 36-year-old is a member of Jurgen Klopp’s reserve squad, and has picked up UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup winners’ medals during his time at Anfield.
But Lonergan has now opened on “snide remarks” he’s been the target of, particularly on social media.
The former Preston North End goalkeeper is yet to make an official appearance for Liverpool, but has trained with the Reds for 12 months.
“You get quite a lot of snide remarks, not from inside the dressing-room but particularly on social media,” Lonergan told The Athletic.
“‘You’ve won the lottery’, stuff like that. But I’ve still got to work hard every day. I can’t let my own standards slip, otherwise that would be me done.
“My focus, my mentality – they have to be spot on. I did get lucky initially to get the opportunity, but I had to take it as well.
“And if anyone’s still wondering why I’ve spent a year here and ‘not done anything’, I tell you what: I’m really looking forward to playing a game again, wherever that may be, just to showcase what I’ve learned.“
Lonergan also mentioned that he didn’t feel like he deserved to be with the Liverpool squad in Istanbul last summer, but that changed by the time the trip to Qatar rocked up.
“It was like I was gate-crashing the party,” he said of the Super Cup. “I remember standing on the pitch and [Andy] Robbo and Ads [Lallana] said to me, ‘Enjoy this. Milk it’.
“I tried to, but I kept out of the celebration pictures. I never touched the trophy, never lifted it. I didn’t feel I deserved to.
“But the Club World Cup in December? That was different. I’d been here six months, had worked so hard in training and felt a proper part of the squad.
“That was brilliant. A great experience.“