By Will Butcher
Ray Wilkins has urged Jurgen Klopp to hand Joe Hart a Premier League return by making him Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper in the summer.
The Mirror claimed in January that the Reds are monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation at Serie A outfit Torino, as he remains on loan from rivals Manchester City.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily on Thursday morning, Wilkins claimed that if he was Klopp then he would be doing all he could to bring Hart to Anfield.
However, the former Chelsea assistant revealed that if the Reds did bring Hart to Merseyside, then current number one Simon Mignolet would have to be sold.
“If I was Klopp I would be going for him and he showed why last night for England,” Wilkins said. “Joe is a very talented young man and I would love to see him back in the Premier League.
“If Liverpool did sign Joe, then Mignolet would have to leave as he sees himself as a number one with Karius one for the future.”
Hart starred for his country on Wednesday night during the 1-0 loss to Germany at the Westfalenstadion, with his moment of the night seeing him deny Leroy Sane.
Ostracised by City boss Pep Guardiola, Hart’s future at City is in doubt and could look to leave the Etihad Stadium following his season-long loan with Torino.
The position of goalkeeper at Anfield is considered a problem area, with both Mignolet and Karius struggling to provide the quality needed in between the sticks.
But Wilkins is confident that the signing of Hart would end fans’ concerns if Torino’s number 21 was brought to Merseyside.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Hart’s England teammate has spoken out after reported interest in the 24-year-old hots up.