Klopp confirms Loris Karius as first-choice goalkeeper
Simon Mignolet will start League Cup fourth-round tie against Tottenham at Anfield
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp: There’s nothing else to say. I’ve made that decision. Loris is number one at this moment and Simon is number two.” Photograph: Reuters
The Belgium international has been on the bench for the past five games with Klopp favouring the summer signing Loris Karius in goal. Mignolet will return for the fourth-round tie at Anfield yesterday but in the knowledge Karius is now officially the first-choice goalkeeper of the Liverpool manager.
However, Klopp has revealed he took both Mignolet and Karius aside following the recent international break to confirm he had settled on the pecking order.
“In this moment, we have a number one and that is Loris Karius,” the Liverpool manager said.
“That’s the situation. I cannot leave them in doubt. There was a short moment when we gave him [Karius] time to see a little more of him.
“After the last international break, I spoke to both of them and made that decision. There’s nothing else to say. I’ve made that decision. Loris is number one at this moment and Simon is number two.”
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“We have had a few talks and I don’t have the perfect answer for him. He’s still not happy but nobody can see this in training. He is working hard.” Guardian service