Klopp: Mignolet my No.1, Sturridge ‘possible’ for derby

Date published: Friday 16th December 2016 1:17

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Simon Mignolet will continue in the Liverpool goal and could be able to select Daniel Sturridge on Monday.

The Belgian returned between the sticks for the Reds in their 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough in midweek and Klopp has seen no reason to change his goalkeeper again for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

“I won’t change each week. Simon had a really good game. Loris can use the time in training with no pressure,” Klopp said at his latest press conference.

“I thought it made absolute sense. I saw it as a good decision for both (keepers). To take Loris out of the firing line.”

“It’s never about the decision, it’s about explanation and I explained it.

“It’s a good decision for both, that’s how I see it! It’s not always the common view!

“I never make final judgements about my players as long as their attitude is good. The job sometimes is to take someone out of the firing line. Use the time to get in your best shape.

“I know how it is in all public discussions, so I’m not interested.”

Klopp also revealed that Daniel Sturridge is line to return to the Liverpool squad after missing several weeks with his latest injury setback.

He added: “In our situation of course (he could play). He cannot be at 100 percent but having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes? That would be fantastic.

“It’s a maybe. He’s closer to team training than last week. It’s possible we could work with him today or tomorrow.”

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