By Russell Edge
Jurgen Klopp has ruled out signing England international goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer by insisting he “is not for us.”
The 30-year-old, who is currently at loan at Italian side Torino from Premier League side Manchester City, has been linked with Klopp’s side since falling out of favour with City boss Pep Guardiola.
However, speaking at his Crystal Palace press conference, which was broadcast live on the official Liverpool Facebook page, Klopp categorically denied links between Hart and the club.
When asked about the possibility of signing a new goalkeeper during his press conference, he responded: “Is it about Joe Hart?
“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper. The highest quality, but we have the highest quality goalkeepers.
“It’s not for us nor in the future.”
Both of Liverpool’s goalkeepers, German Loris Karius and Belgian Simon Mignolet, have come under criticism this season for a series of errors leading to goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Well that has put all the rumours to bed. Liverpool were one of the favourites to secure the signing of Hart this summer but Klopp will not be entertaining such rumours. Hart would have been a good fit at Anfield and offered a commanding presence in the box which they have been lacking from Karius and Mignolet. However, it is a good show of faith from the manager and should provide both goalkeepers with a sense of much needed confidence. They should have no need to be worrying about their place in the squad over summer and with European football on the horizon for Liverpool, they will need both men to be sharp and ready. This confidence boost should be the platform they need to push on into next season.
In other Liverpool news, a former star striker has revealed why he quit the club for a rival side.