Loris Karius will be handed goalkeeping responsibilities for Liverpool’s return to the Champion League but manager Jurgen Klopp insists that is not a slight on Simon Mignolet .
The 24-year-old German surprisingly replaced his counterpart for the 4-0 win over Arsenal last month but Belgium international Mignolet was restored for Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City .
Klopp said it was important for both goalkeepers to have pitch time to ensure standards were maintained throughout the season but he refused to label either player as his number-one choice.
“If nothing happens overnight then Loris will start, yes, but no it doesn’t mean that (Karius is now number one),” said the Reds boss.
“Why do we think number one, two, three is fixed until the end of all days? “I don’t want to bring that in doubt but how can you ask if he’s number one? By the way, it’s not that he shouldn’t be number one.
“If we don’t give them a game then every year we have to find a number two, 33 years old, who still can catch a few balls and doesn’t want to play any more – that’s really difficult, to find someone like that.
“Are all players happy with the decision? I don’t know – it’s nothing I can think about too much.”