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9th Jan, 2017 | 1:22pm

Jurgen Klopp drops goalkeeper selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash v Southampton

By Harvey Byrne

Jurgen Klopp has stated that it is “pretty likely” that he will start Loris Karius between the sticks for Liverpool’s clash against Southampton on Wednesday.

The Merseyside giants are currently preparing to travel to the south coast for a League Cup semi-final first leg clash between the two sides.

The German manager has often used a mix of youth and first team in his starting eleven for the cup competitions, while Simon Mignolet has played in the three rounds prior to the semi-final this season.

However, the Belgium international has reclaimed the number one position from Karius this campaign and Klopp has hinted that the summer signing will start on Wednesday, as quoted by Daily Mail reporter Dominic King on his personal Twitter account.

 

Karius made the move to Anfield from Bundesliga side Mainz in the summer in a £4.7million deal and he was largely expected to become the club’s new first choice shot-stopper.

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However, a string of errors in his first 12 appearances for the first team has seen him move behind Mignolet in the pecking order.

Karius started against Plymouth in the FA Cup on Sunday, keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw, but the League Two side managed just one shot on target in the clash.

It is expected that he will be tested more in the match against the Saints, but he will also be keen to put in a good performance to help his side go into the second leg at Anfield in a  good position.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp also delivered a major boost on this injured Reds duo.