Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is not in the market for goalkeeper this summer, with the Liverpool manager happy with his current options.
The German signed Karius from Mainz in a £4.7 million deal last summer, before the youngster lost his place to Mignolet after a string of disappointing displays.
But despite having replaced Mignolet, and reinstated him shortly after, Klopp is not planning to sign another stopper in the summer.
This comes after continued links with Man City‘s Joe Hart, who is currently on loan with Torino in Serie A, with Klopp insisting that he has enough quality already at his disposal.
“We have these really, really good goalkeepers,” he told reporters at Melwood on Friday.
“We have with Mr [Alex] Manninger a wonderful professional player in the squad which helps the squad a lot.
“We have young players in behind including Danny Ward on loan [at Huddersfield Town].
“Our situation is as good as possible. I am happy most of the days.”
While Klopp would not be expected to reveal plans to sign a new goalkeeper at this stage of the season, for fear of disheartening any of his current options, he does seem to speak with conviction.
That the German mentioned Ward, who has thoroughly impressed on loan under Klopp’s close friend David Wagner at Huddersfield, is an interesting development.
Ward, who has missed just two Championship games for the Terriers so far this season, could be expected to return and compete with Mignolet and Karius for the No. 1 shirt next term.
The Wales international is exactly the same age as Karius, with the youthful duo potentially providing Klopp with a long-term solution between the sticks.
Mignolet is six years their senior, and is unlikely to develop any further on Merseyside, though his form since coming back into the side has been largely impressive.
Manninger’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but it would be no surprise to see the Austrian take up a coaching role at Melwood.
Many of Liverpool’s problems this season have come through their performances at the back, but Klopp is clearly not blaming his goalkeepers for that.