Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out making a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, and the fans have given mixed reactions.
The England number one is expected to be available at the end of the season after he was shipped out on loan to Torino.
City manager Pep Guardiola made it clear that Hart would not be his number one at the start of the 2016-17 campaign after he brought in Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
It has not quite gone to plan, though, as numerous blunders have led to Bravo fighting Willy Caballero for the first-choice spot.
Hart is likely to be a regular name in the transfer gossip pages when the window reopens this summer, but his destination is uncertain.
From Klopp’s point of view, though, the 30-year-old will not be arriving at Anfield any time soon.
When probed in Thursday’s press conference about possibly adding to his group of goalkeepers, the German coach told reporters:
“Extra competition? You ask about goalkeepers but even though you don’t say the name, is it about Joe Hart? We don’t usually talk about these sort of things but in this particular case I think we can.
“He is a fantastic goalkeeper, the goalkeeper of the English national team, the highest quality, but we have highest-quality goalkeepers. It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not for us in the future – not because of Joe but we already have two strong goalkeepers.”
Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius currently occupy first and second in the goalkeeper ranks, and both have come under criticism this season.
Despite this, some fans do not think that Hart is the answer, while others are disappointed by Klopp’s admission.
I never thought we would sign Joe Hart and thankfully, that has been confirmed.
That £20m rumour was comedy gold though.
— Andy Wales (@AndyArmchair) April 20, 2017
I would of liked joe hart at Liverpool but we would of had to pay over the odds for him.
— Gary Hill (@hillster94) April 20, 2017
we don't want joe hart pic.twitter.com/wqn9G8Cul7
— Lois..???? (@lois_182) April 20, 2017
Finally rumors of Joe Hart put to bed by Klopp. PLEASE I BEG YOU stop mentioning we need Joe Hart just stop it he is way bellow average #lfc
— MADO ⚽️???? (@MDewaji) April 20, 2017
Joe Hart is a poor man's Simon Mignolet and that's not meant as a compliment to Mignolet https://t.co/LlZbhxfiMv
— Noel (@NoelEvo) April 20, 2017
Fully expecting Joe Hart to go to Everton.
— LFCZA (@LFCZA) April 20, 2017
Proper glad we aint intrested in Joe Hart
— Danny Bevan (@Bevan2703) April 20, 2017
I Cannot Believe That @LFC Have Decided NOT To Sign Joe Hart…… Worst Decision Of The Year!!
— Jacks World PS4 (@JacksWorldPS4) April 20, 2017
Joe Hart will end up somewhere like West Ham or Palace. No surprise whatsoever that we're not interested. A relief, tbh.
— Marcus Halberstram (@anaIdirgeprat) April 20, 2017