Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has outlined Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and Mainz’s Loris Karius as two options to keep the pressure on Simon Mignolet, according to Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones.
The German tactician has been at Anfield since early October, in which time his current No.1 has made a series of high-profile errors.
Although Klopp has publicly backed Mignolet on a number of occasions, there have been numerous links between the Merseyside club and goalkeepers from across Europe over the past few months, and now Jones, speaking on Bleacher Report’s ‘Insider Buzz’ show has claimed that Ter Stegen and Karius are being considered:
“Ter Stegen’s obviously been number one on their radar, and they’ve been looking at him for a long time, but it just hasn’t worked out so far.”
“They are now starting to look at alternative options, and Loris Karius is the man on their radar.
“Jurgen Klopp obviously knows both men very well and I’m told now that Karius is someone they’re starting to look at as a real option when it comes to the summer, because they want someone to challenge Mignolet.”
Ter Stegen has long been talked about as one of the top goalies in Europe, but his move from Borussia Monchengladbach to Barca in 2014 has not been as fruitful as he would have hoped, with Chilean Claudio Bravo embedded as the main ‘keeper at the Nou Camp.
Karius is a lesser-known option, but the 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga and has only shipped five goals in his last nine matches.
Although it’s unknown if either would be coming in to directly replace Mignolet, the Belgian could perhaps benefit from a greater level of competition, with only youngster Danny Ward and the relatively unproven Adam Bogdan in reserve at Anfield right now.