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Klopp addresses Liverpool links to Butland and goalkeeper alternatives

00:14 GMT+3 21/01/2018
Jack Butland Stoke
The Reds continue to be linked with reinforcements between the sticks, but their manager insists he has no intention of buying in the winter window

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool have no intention of signing a new goalkeeper in January, despite being linked with the likes of Jack Butland.

The Reds have made another change between the sticks, with Simon Mignolet slipping back down the pecking order to be replaced by Loris Karius.

Klopp has made such tactical tweaks before, only to then go back on them as his side continue to struggle for stability in an important area of the field.

Those struggles have sparked talk of reinforcements being sought, with Stoke’s England international Butland among those to have been billed as a possible target, but Liverpool are happy to keep faith with their current options until at least the summer.

Klopp told reporters on the ongoing rumours: “My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys.

“They deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them [through a magnifying glass] and saying ‘still not good enough’.

“I will only mention one name. Everyone talks about him with us and that is Butland. I only saw the game [against Manchester United on Monday]. Fantastic goalkeeper, but was he perfect? No. He wasn’t in that game. But everyone says ‘still better than our boys’. 

“It makes no real sense if he comes in and makes a mistake in his first game. Everyone then says: ‘We need another and another one and another one.’ We have to cool down.

“It is not a case of ‘get somebody else’, it is get the right solution and the right solution is the one that we already have here.”

Klopp has vowed to stick with Karius through to the end of the season, leading Mignolet to admit that he is having to weigh up his options.

Liverpool do have the funds to bring in an alternative to either, with the €160 million generated from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona still sat in the Anfield coffers.

The Reds also have Wales international Danny Ward on their books, with the 24-year-old having made just three competitive appearances for the club to date.