Wednesday 21 March 2018

Jurgen Klopp's goalkeeping comments may worry Liverpool fans

Mignolet and (inset) Karius
Mignolet and (inset) Karius
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has no plans to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, despite enduring criticism of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

Mignolet remains first choice following Karius's unimpressive introduction into the side earlier this season, and Liverpool's capacity for conceding sloppy goals has been a feature of their campaign.

Although Klopp is planning on adding up to six new players in the summer, he is ready to resist the chance to spend big on a new No 1.

That will upset the likes of Joe Hart, out of favour with Manchester City and on loan at Torino, who is hoping erratic performances by numerous Premier League keepers will ignite interest in him.

"We have these really, really good goalkeepers," said Klopp. "We have with Mr (Alex) Manninger a wonderful professional player in the squad, which helps the squad a lot. We have young players in behind, including Danny Ward on loan (at Huddersfield). Our situation is as good as possible. I am happy most of the days."

Klopp did not close the door on further recruitment in the position when he added that "we don't make final decisions until I don't know when", but it was evident he did not see the issue as a priority.

"One day when a goalkeeper is involved in a goal, which happens quite a few times, it is the life of a goalkeeper that you are the last man standing. Then you are not too happy - but I am happy with our goalkeepers, yes."

Klopp also insisted there is no special "plan B" in place to overcome Burnley despite struggling against similar teams this season.

The Reds' five league defeats have all come against bottom-half sides, starting at Turf Moor back in August when they had 80 pc possession and 26 shots but lost after the Clarets scored with their only two shots on target.

"We don't play checkers," he said, motioning as if he were moving pieces on a board.

"We've spoken about the things we have to do but not in the case of a team against the lower part of the table.

"I know what people say and is not the first people have said something like this but I don't have a Plan B in my mind.

"We know how to play but in the end you have to come into specific spaces and make the right decisions.

"My job is to help them make the right decisions more easily. That is what training is for. It is a challenge." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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