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Klopp still considering keeper options


Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK /

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK /

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has still to decide whether recent signing Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet will be between the posts for their match at home to Hull City on Saturday.

Karius, who joined for £4.7 million ($6.1 million dollars, 5.4 million euros) played in pre-season but then broke his hand and missed the start of the new Premier League season.

That allowed Mignolet to retain his place but Karius, after being on the bench for the past two league matches, he made his competitive debut in the midweek EFL Cup win over Derby County.

Karius had little to do in a 3-0 win but Klopp refused to be drawn on who his first-choice goalkeeper would be at the weekend.

“It is not the place to announce line-ups but of course we have to think about it but in a positive way,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.

“I was never a goalkeeper — my father was so I am a little bit experienced with goalkeepers — but it is obviously a little bit different to an outfield player as no-one asks whether he can start this day and another player can start the next.

“I am not sure I will make a final decision for the next game but it doesn’t mean we will go like this for the next five years.

“It is a decision at a very high level because I am really happy with both of them but there is nothing to say about this here.

“Like always when I decide for the next game then it is a decision for a player and not against another player — you will have to wait and see.”

Daniel Sturridge, who missed the win at Derby, is also waiting to see if he’s involved.

“Daniel made something like a final test yesterday so has had three days without training but should be in training today,” Klopp said.

“He has a few issues after the game (at Chelsea on Friday). Now we have another two days until Saturday and we will see who trains all the time and is ready for the game. It (Sturridge’s availability) depends on the training.

“Adam (Lallana) and Gini (Wijnaldum) were not in the (Derby) squad but will be ready.”

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