“Good goalkeepers” but no interest in Ter Stegen and Horn, claims Klopp

on 04.01.2016

Jurgen Klopp has once again denied rumoured interest in a new goalkeeper, quashing speculation of moves for two German No. 1s.

Germany’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen gestures during the Euro U21 soccer championship semi final match between Portugal and Germany, at the Ander stadium in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Timo Horn of Cologne have been mentioned among a host of other names as Klopp reportedly searches for a replacement for Simon Mignolet.

But speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Stoke City, the Liverpool manager denied any interest.

“No. Good goalkeepers, but no,” he said.

“We have some problems with injuries, thank god not the goalkeepers.

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“I’ve said plenty of times, the goalkeeper situation is absolutely more than okay. We are satisfied.

Simon Mignolet is a really, really, really good goalkeeper.

“[He’s] No. 2 in Belgium: a big football country, [with] good education.”

Mignolet has come under criticism throughout his time at Liverpool, with supporters questioning his ability as a top-level goalkeeper.

But, as Klopp has repeatedly stressed this season, he remains the Reds’ first choice, with reports suggesting that he would sign a new, long-term contract this season.

One player who is likely to join the Reds this January, however, is Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic.

The 19-year-old is undergoing a medical at Melwood on Monday, ahead of a proposed £5 million move to Merseyside—with reports indicating that he would rejoin Red Star for the rest of 2015/16.

Klopp remained tight-lipped on the subject of Grujic’s arrival, however.

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“As I know, as long as there’s no sign I don’t want to talk about it,” he continued.

“That’s all I can say in this moment—you have to wait.”

The German was also dismissive of suggestions that on-loan AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli could seek a return to Liverpool at the end of the season.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed that the Italian was interested in meeting Klopp to discuss his future.

“I don’t have time to think about things for next summer,” Klopp reiterated.

“Maybe we’ll have a talk, but it’s nothing I can think about [now].”

As ever, Klopp remains focussed on the players currently at his disposal, and it would be foolish to expect otherwise.

Heading to the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night without a host of first-team players, however, it is impossible to ignore the lack of depth within Klopp’s squad.

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  1. With so many problems up front and elsewhere, I assume he feels a new GK can wait for now. Esp if there is only £20m available this window (and £5m already spent).

  2. Kloppo has his priorities straight absolutely.

    If we had a ‘better’ goal keeper it might have picked up a point or two here and there but with the joint lowest ever goals total at this stage of the season for Liverpool with 22 I think it’s plain to see a more urgent area in the team that needs addressing.

    • 10 of 22 goals we have scored this season have come from 3 games.For the rest 17 games we have 12 goals.That is relegation right there.

    • A decent keeper clears that cross for the 1st WHU goal. That makes it a different game. A keeper is certainly needed though I agree with you goals are key.

      • they just didn’t want to play for him. They make tonnes of chances but just don’t finish them. And RM have never been a great defensive side – is it 1 title in 10 years? – and that is still poor because it’s just not in their DNA.
        Rafa’s not going to change that in a few months. When he came here, it was the 2nd season where the defence really came together and goals conceded dropped to better than title winning levels – and stayed there.

        That’s what you bring him in for. But he is carrying the can for everything and they simply won’t play for him. He subbed Benzema on 82 mins for a midfielder in one game and the frenchie went straight to the papers and moaned about it. That’s what you’re dealing with there, and no way is Ronaldo going to bust is back side to score for Rafa.

    • doomed from the beginning..it was clear there was trouble when ancelotti was sacked against player’s wishes..the guy who replaced him would naturally be enemy no 1..didn’t help that its a team of prima donnas.

  3. Now now kloppo,don’t be stubborn!you know you want Ter Stegan,we want Ter Stegan,let’s satisfy all parties?Anyway,I don’t see why we can’t have both Ter Stegan and migs!bodgan ain’t good enough!!

  4. Liverpool to sign 16 year – old Polish keeper, Kamil Grabara confirmation from his club already…..signs this week.

  5. Don’t know how we’re going to get the intensity from the players right now.
    And Migs has now shown that he’s too scared to come of his line – re the first WHU goal.

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