Klopp ‘really satisfied’ with Mignolet and rules out keeper swoop

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 1:34

Simon Mignolet: Backed once again by Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has again insisted he’s happy with Simon Mignolet after denying he’s planning a January transfer move for a new goalkeeper.

The Reds have been linked with several goalkeepers since Klopp took charge at Anfield with Mainz’s Loris Karius, Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona among those intially linked.

Klopp admitted recently that he was happy to stick with much-maligned Belgian keeper Mignolet and our article recently said the German had gone a little overboard in trying to deflect blame away from the former Sunderland stopper.

But despite the claims he’s happy with his goalkeeping options, Klopp has recently been linked to Marseille’s Steve Mandada and AC Milan’s Diego Lopez, but despite scrutiny over Mignolet’s performances, the Belgian is understood to be close to signing a new deal with the Merseyside club.

Mignolet clean sheet boast

Mignolet boasts the most clean sheets of 2015 in the Premier League with 16, ahead of Joe Hart (15), David de Gea (12) and Petr Cech (11).

And Klopp admits he is sick of the rumours surrounding speculation over the club’s hunt for another shot-stopper.

“Other people in the club will announce things like this,” the German boss said. “I’ve not got anything on this at the moment if nobody has said anything.

“I’m really satisfied with Simon. I can only say this and some of you the next day will write about 500 goalkeepers across the world who we’re supposed to be interested in.”

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Klopp also praised goalkeeping coach John Achterberg for his work with the first-team amid criticism from some of the Liverpool faithful.

“I’m fine with our goalies and I really trust in John Achterberg because he does a brilliant job here,” Klopp added.

“He’s one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met, he works as a coach 25 hours a day.

“It’s good to work together with these guys and everything is ok. There is no player in the world who doesn’t have faults, that’s because of the game and a lot of situations in the game but you need the right skills and the readiness for getting better and that’s what we have at the moment.”

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