With Loris Karius set to make his debut for Liverpool on Tuesday in the EFL Cup, manager Jurgen Klopp says he won’t name a number one.
Karius, 23, is back healthy from the injury he suffered during the preseason and will make his debut as the Reds takes on Championship side Derby County at the iPro Stadium. But Klopp is unwilling to name a number one goalkeeper, saying that he likes the competition between Karius and Simon Mignolet.
“There is no number one so there is no decision to make, it is all about performing, improvement and showing how much you can help the team,” Klopp said.
“You need a manager who increases your confidence. The pressure on the players is big enough so I don’t have to make any more.
“I don’t want to make a big battle of these two goalkeepers. They need to feel secure.
“In the end if I have a feeling for something then I will change or not but it is not about because we paid money for Loris and we didn’t pay money last year for Simon that makes the decision.
“It is all about what I see in training and what I see in training is two very good goalkeepers. Now the boys have to perform.”
Karius joined Liverpool during the summer from Mainz 05 for a transfer fee of £4.7 million. The German made 91 appearances for Mainz in the Bundesliga, and has been capped by several German national youth teams.