Liverpool end interest in Barcelona star as Jurgen Klopp backs Simon Mignolet
Published 01/12/2015 | 14:14
Jurgen Klopp has quashed suggestions Liverpool are hunting for a new goalkeeper after declaring himself happy with current first choice Simon Mignolet.
Ahead of the January transfer window, which will be the German's first at the Anfield helm, the Reds have been linked to a number of shot-stoppers in recent days, including Stoke's England international Jack Butland and Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
The 23-year-old German international signed for the Catalans last summer in a €12m move from Borussia Mönchengladbach and with Klopp known as an admirer of Ter Stegen during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, he was linked with an Anfield move.
However, speaking before the Capital One Cup clash with Southampton, Klopp moved to back Belgian international Mignolet, who he believes is turning his Liverpool career around after a number of mishaps during predecessor Brendan Rodgers' reign.
"I'm absolutely satisfied with our goalkeeper situation," said manager Klopp.
"I'm sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers and different goalkeepers from Stoke - we are not looking for another goalkeeper. We have enough high-quality goalkeepers.
"Simon Mignolet - I have had a lot of goalkeepers in the last few years and he is one of the smartest I've ever had. He is completely open. He's young enough to develop, to improve.
"He had not the most easy situation before I came here but since I am here there is nothing to criticise, absolutely nothing. He is a good football player. Everything is okay.
"Everyone is watching for a second Manuel Neuer or things like this but he is on a really good way. The goalkeeper situation until now is a comfortable one and I hope it stays like this, of course."
Mignolet is likely to step aside on the south coast for deputy Adam Bogdan, as he has done throughout the Capital One Cup, although Klopp admitted he will need to run that past goalkeeper coach John Achterberg.
"I didn't talk with John Achterberg about this because it's his decision," he revealed.
"Since I'm here, always in the Capital One Cup, I played Adam Bogdan. But I have to ask him; it could be that Adam will play."
Philippe Coutinho's hamstring injury will be assessed after training on Tuesday to determine if he can feature, while Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson should be in the squad again after returning from long-term lay-offs at the weekend following foot injuries.
Klopp has only taken charge of 10 games with Liverpool but has already been made aware of the rivalry that has been created by Southampton players leaving for Merseyside.
Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and former Reds striker Rickie Lambert all joined Liverpool from Saints and Klopp, who lost numerous players to Bayern Munich during his time with Borussia Dortmund, is braced for a hostile encounter.
"I think they're pretty hot on this game because they lost their last two games, they want to strike back," he added.
"I heard Southampton and Liverpool are not the best of friends, so it's not a friendly game!"