Reds battle excites Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says he is excited to see Loris Karius challenge Simon Mignolet for the number one shirt after his return to fitness.

Liverpool: Reds battle excites KloppLiverpool: Reds battle excites Klopp

The Reds signed goalkeeper Karius from Mainz during the summer and the German had been expected to start the season as the first-choice shot-stopper before suffering a hand injury in pre-season training.

The 23-year-old had to undergo an operation to correct the problem, missing the start of the season, but recently returned to full training and was on the bench for Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Leicester.

Karius is being tipped to overhaul Mignolet in the long run but Klopp has given no indication as to whether the Belgium’s current position in the starting line-up is under threat, although he is expecting the new arrival to give him a selection headache.

He said: “I knew when we signed Karius that we now have two really strong goalkeepers. That was the plan but unfortunately Lorius broke the bone in his hand which is not too cool for a goalkeeper.

“But he is now back. There is no pressure or something; that is the challenge and competition. In the end I want us all to be best friends, even when our best friends play in the same position.

“That’s how it is, that’s football, it’s about performing. And we all have this pressure. I’m happy that Lorius is back. He is a great, great character – a really good guy – and a real goalkeeper so that’s good.”

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