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Klopp shares why Liverpool 28-year-old no longer a guaranteed starter

By Alex Taylor

Jurgen Klopp has refused to name his number one goalkeeper at Liverpool.

The German boss signed Loris Karius this summer for £4.7million to join previous first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet at Anfield.

Mignolet, 28, has kept the number one jersey this season after Karius was sidelined with a broken hand before he could feature in a competitive match for the Reds.

“There is no number one so there is no decision to make,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It is all about performing, improvement and showing how much you can help the team.

“The thing we wanted was to have two really strong goalkeepers and I think that is what we have. I don’t want to make a big battle of these two goalkeepers. They need to feel secure.

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“It is all about what I see in training and what I see in training is two very good goalkeepers. Now the boys have to perform.”

Mignolet became the subject of intense criticism last season after a string of high-profile errors lead to questions surrounding his future at the club.

Those reports were put to bed in January after the keeper signed a new five-year-contract at the club, but Mignolet now has a fight on his hands to retain his place in the starting XI.

The Belgium shot stopper made four mistakes that led directly to Liverpool conceding in their last campaign, costing Klopp’s side eight Premier League points in total.

The Reds are yet to keep a clean-sheet in the Premier League this season but did manage to hold out against Burton in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Karius, 23, is expected to start for the Reds against Derby on Tuesday evening.

In other Liverpool news, Charlie Nicholas believes that the Reds are a dangerous side away from home and will be too much for Derby.