Jurgen Klopp has declared himself “absolutely satisfied” with his goalkeeper options after denying reports Liverpool would sign a replacement for Simon Mignolet.
The Reds have been linked with Jack Butland – a move swiftly denied by Stoke boss Mark Hughes – Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Timo Horn among others, but Klopp says he has no intention of adding to his options between the posts in January.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final at Southampton, Klopp said: “I’m absolutely satisfied with my goalkeeper situation, sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers, Stoke or wherever. We have enough high quality goalkeepers.”
Klopp was also fulsome in his praise for Belgium stopper Mignolet, who has improved under Klopp’s management this season.
“Mignolet is now smarter than he’s ever been,” he added. “He’s young enough to develop, to improve. It’s not the easiest situation before I came here but since I came here, nothing to criticise.
“He had not the most easy situation before I came here but since I am here there is nothing to criticise, absolutely nothing. He is a good football player. Everything is okay.
“Everyone is watching for a second Manuel Neuer or things like this but he is on a really good way. The goalkeeper situation until now is a comfortable one and I hope it stays like this, of course.”
Klopp, however, has confirmed that Liverpool No 2 Adam Bogdan would be handed another opportunity to impress in the cup tie at St Mary’s, while Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson could also feature from the bench.
“Good news (on Henderson and Sturridge). It wasn’t easy for them on Sunday, especially Jordan. Daniel did what we had talked about.”
Klopp, however, was more cagey about Philippe Coutinho’s chances of featuring, adding: “I can’t make a decision in this moment because we haven’t trained yet today. He will be close. It’s possible.”