Sport Klopp coy over Mignolet's future at Liverpool

00:15  14 february  2018
00:15  14 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Loris Karius set to start against Porto

  Loris Karius set to start against Porto During the group stages of the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp decided to change his goalkeepers, with then first choice Simon Mignolet making way for Loris Karius. So, now that Karius is the new number one in the Premier League, there was a thought that Klopp might select Mignolet for Wednesday’s knockout tie with Porto but, as reported by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Klopp will select his fellow countryman for the game. The news will come as a blow to Mignolet, who would have been hoping to get some game time between now and the summer. Having topped their group without losing a game, Liverpool will, like every group winner, play the away leg of the tie first and if Karius can repay his manager’s faith by keeping a clean sheet, the Reds will be confident of scoring at least one goal to ensure that they return to Anfield for the second leg with a victory.

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Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been well documented over the course of the last two seasons and Jurgen Klopp is still seemingly unsure as to who his first choice is.

The Reds boss has alternated Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius over some time now but, in recent weeks, the latter has been the preferred candidate between the sticks.

Klopp revealed that Karius will keep his place in goal on Wednesday, too, as Liverpool take on FC Porto away from home in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.

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The Liverpool manager, as quoted by Goal, was quizzed on what the future holds for Mignolet, given that the Belgian international has been somewhat frozen out as a result of Karius’ recent form.

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However, Klopp was coy when speaking about Mignolet and insisted that he was unsure what the future holds for his goalkeeper.

“Nobody knows about the future, or I don’t know about the future. In this business it is always the same – it says nothing about that.”

“It’s not for me to think about these kind of things. I have to make a decision for tomorrow night and that’s all. No problem.”

Karius will be keen to impress and turn in a good performance against Porto.

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