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Jürgen Klopp Drops Hint As To Who Will Start In Goal For Liverpool Against Hull

Liverpool manager Jürgen has a number of selection issues this week for the Premier League game against Hull.

Roberto Firmino has returned to training having missed the 2-1 win at Chelsea last week with a slight injury, while Daniel Sturridge has also been passed to play despite coming off in that victory.

However, the biggest headache Klopp currently has is in the goalkepper department, where Simon Mignolet and new signing Loris Karius are both pushing hard to be named as Liverpool’s number one.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Karius broke his hand in a pre-season friendly, effectively giving the position to Mignolet for the start of the season, and the Belgian international has made the most of his head-start by turning in a number of assured performances.

However, Karius didn’t put a foot wrong when he got his chance to impress against Derby in the EFL Cup in midweek, and probably feels he deserves to keep his place.

DERBY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Loris Karius of Liverpool in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Klopp would not confirm which of his two goalkeepers would start the match, but his comments did suggest that the 23-year-old German was in line to start his second consecutive game:

“Let’s go through a few different kinds of ways in which we could see it.

“Do we say, ‘Okay, Loris had the game against Derby. Was it a real game for a keeper? Not really. So give him a home game’ for example.

“We could say, ‘There is an international break coming up, so give Loris a home game and Swansea away’ and then both have had the chance to show what they are.

“It’s not in doubt, it’s not a test.”

DERBY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Klopp did state that in the grand scheme of things it didn’t really matter from a team point of view who starts on Saturday, that the eleven will be just as strong with either:

“I accept again the circumstances over the keeper’s position. But in the end it’s 100% positive — Liverpool FC will have a very strong goalkeeper on Saturday between the posts.”

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