By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has rubbished speculation that he wants to sign a new goalkeeper.
The Liverpool manager has issued unequivocal backing to his current No 1 Simon Mignolet by insisting the Belgian is one of the smartest keepers he’s ever managed.
Mignolet came under fire after his howler against Bordeaux last Thursday gifted the French team an indirect free-kick, which they capitalised upon to score the opener in a game that Liverpool went on to win 2-1.
But Klopp has insisted that he has total faith in the former Sunderland keeper and dismissed the possibility of a move for Stoke’s England international Jack Butland, or one of several stoppers from the Bundesliga.
“It is a good moment to talk about the goalkeepers at Liverpool,” Klopp said at his media briefing on Tuesday afternoon. “I am absolutely satisfied with our goalkeeping situation. I am sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers and goalkeepers from Stoke.
“We are not looking for another goalkeeper. We have enough high quality goalkeepers, I’ve had a lot of goalkeepers over last few years and Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest I have ever have.
“He is completely open and he’s young enough to develop, to improve. He’s not had the easiest situation before I came here, but since I have been here there has been nothing to criticise, absolutely nothing. He’s a good football player.
“Everyone is watching for a second Manuel Neuer or something, but he is in a really good way. We just have to learn as a team to give the ball to the keeper in the right situation. Our goalkeeping situation is a comfortable one and I hope it stays like this.”
Mignolet is not expected to start for Liverpool in their League Cup quarter-final clash against Southampton, with Klopp ready to turn to his deputy Adam Bogdan, who has been a regular in the competition this season.
However, the manager is not expected to risk fit-again pair Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, who came through their return from injury at the weekend unscathed.
The England duo are not considered ready to play a full match, especially as the knockout tie could extend to 120 minutes.