Klopp spoke of the mental intensity required for a goalkeeper, and insisted that the Belgian remains his first-choice.
“We said before the season we wanted to have three really strong ones [goalkeepers],” Klopp said post-match.
“You cannot deal with it as a clear number two and a clear number three. Simon is a clear number one. He won the race in pre-season. You can always rely on him.”
Explaining the decision to rest Mignolet, Klopp explained:
“The intensity for a goalkeeper is different, not physical intensity, mental intensity.
“I told him yesterday and it was not that he gave me a hug and said ‘thank you boss’ – but I wanted to do it and give him this rest and have Loris in this game.”
On Karius, he said:
“He did a lot of good things. He was sometimes too cool but we all need to get used to playing football in close situations. He did a good job and I am happy with this.
Klopp added that it is “100 percent Simon plays against City” – unless something happens during the international break.