Liverpool have been linked with moves for a number of goalkeepers since Klopp’s arrival, including FC Koln’s Timo Horn, Stoke City‘s Jack Butland and Guillaume Hubert of Standard Liege.
But speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Southampton, the German stressed that he is “not looking for another goalkeeper.”
“I’m absolutely satisfied with our goalkeeping situation,” he explained.
“I’m sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers, Stoke goalkeepers.
“We are not looking for another goalkeeper.”
Reports of Liverpool’s interest in other shot-stoppers no doubt stems from Mignolet’s hit-and-miss performances throughout 2015/16, with the Belgian identified as one of the Reds’ key weaknesses.
But Klopp continued to give Mignolet a show of confidence, suggesting that he would be able to mould him into a top-level goalkeeper.
“He is one of the smartest goalkeepers I’ve had,” he said.
“He’s open, completely open.
“He’s young enough to develop, to improve. [There is] nothing to criticise.
“He’s a good football player. Everybody’s watching for a second Manuel Neuer, but he’s in a really good way.”
Mignolet could be left out of Liverpool’s starting lineup on Wednesday, however, with Adam Bogdan preferred for League Cup outings so far this season.
Klopp would not reveal who he had selected for the trip to St. Mary’s, but continued to show his belief in his goalkeepers.
“I have to ask [goalkeeping coach John Achterberg]! It could be that Adam [Bogdan] will play.
“I don’t know who will play tomorrow, maybe it’s Adam Bogdan, if not maybe it’s Simon Mignolet.”
Though Mignolet may represent a paltry option compared to the likes of Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea at other Premier League clubs, Klopp is clearly confident that he can continue to develop on Merseyside.
The onus is now on Mignolet, who must improve on his recent performances—with Bogdan desperate for a role in the starting lineup.