Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Unhappy' Mignolet still second choice despite call-up

Simon Mignolet is now considered the second-choice goalkeeper for Liverpool Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Simon Mignolet is now considered the second-choice goalkeeper for Liverpool Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Mike Whalley

Simon Mignolet has been told that he will remain Liverpool's second-choice goalkeeper regardless of how well he plays against Tottenham in the League Cup.

Mignolet will make his first appearance in more than a month when he plays in tonight's fourth-round tie at Anfield, as Loris Karius is rested.

Karius, signed from German club Mainz for £4.7m in May, missed the start of the season with a broken finger.

He made his debut in the League Cup third-round win at Derby last month, and has played in all four of their Premier League matches since then.

Mignolet has made clear to manager Jurgen Klopp that he is not happy at being left out, and the manager has expressed sympathy, while also crediting the goalkeeper with a professional attitude.

However, Klopp has made clear that Karius is now his first-choice goalkeeper, indicating that he will be restored for Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.


"In this moment, we have a No 1 and that is Loris Karius," said Klopp. "Simon is No 2. Simon is a real professional. We had a few talks. It was not a case that he had done badly. It's what I call a luxury problem for a manager.

"He was not happy about this but he is a good professional. It is the most comfortable situation I can imagine that I have two goalkeepers fit and in good shape."

Klopp has challenged his players to win the League Cup after losing in last season's final on penalties to Manchester City. While Spurs have not lost in the league this season, Liverpool have lost just once in 11 games in all competitions and their victory over West Brom has left them joint top of the Premier League.

That has fuelled further talk of a title challenge but Klopp is not interested in outside opinions at this stage of the season.

"I don't care," the German said. "It's normal in football that when you are in a good position people starting talking a little bit more positive.

"But I don't recognise too much what everybody is saying about us. Of course I recognise the mood around LFC and it's good, but we're still in October. "Nothing we have done up until now has been close to 100pc. We have to improve a lot of things."

Danny Ings is one of several players seeking to earn a starting place. The forward has made just one substitute appearance, since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage last October.

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