By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he is not in the market for a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window.
Liverpool have been linked with a number of new keepers even though, as revealed by Football Insider, Simon Mignolet is close to agreeing a lucrative new contract.
Speaking on Monday ahead of the first leg of Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final against Stoke on Tuesday night, Klopp said: “I’ve said plenty of times, the goalkeeper situation is absolutely more than okay. We are satisfied. Simon Mignolet is a really, really good goalkeeper. Number two in Belgium. A big football country. Good education.”
Asked specifically about reports that the Merseysiders are interested in Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Cologne’s Timo Horn, Klopp replied: No. Good goalkeepers, but no. We have some problems with injuries, thank god not the goalkeepers.”
Mignolet has attracted criticism for several errors this season but Klopp has consistently backed the Belgium international and insisted he has no plans to move for a new No1 in the winter window.
The 27-year-old signed a five-year contract when he arrived from Sunderland for £9million in 2013 and is ready to commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2020..
Klopp has distanced himself from links with Stoke’s Jack Butland and AC Milan’s Diego Lopez while describing Mignolet as one of the smartest goalkeepers he has worked with.