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  1. Mignolet: I Will Keep Fighting To Get My Place Back

    Simon Mignolet has vowed to keep fighting to get his place as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper back.

    Mignolet, who impressed in goal during Liverpool’s 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham in the fourth round of the EFL cup at Anfield last night is not happy to be the number two goalkeeper and has said that he can’t accept being second choice.

    “I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play. I will keep fighting to get my place back.”

    “I will never give up fighting firstly because that’s not in my character to just give up.”

    “Secondly because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in week out.

    “So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. Hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”

    Mignolet has been unchallenged as Liverpool’s number one over the last few seasons and many say that the lack of competition for the coveted number one spot has meant that there has been no pressure to perform. The arrival of Loris Karius in the summer has meant that that situation has changed.

    Although Karius has failed to impress since his arrival, Klopp’s announcement that he is to remain as first choice keeper means that he will get an extended run in the team as he comes back from an injury.

    Mignolet said he’s not thinking about that. “It’s not in my character” he said.

    “The only thing I can then do is to play my best, work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always been doing. Then in the end you can’t complain that you have, how you say, let yourself down. I want to keep my head up and be professional.”

    “I can only do my job to the best of my ability – be the best I can. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I don’t want that to take long.”

    “I was happy with my performance against Tottenham. Sometimes as a keeper you have to help the team out in important moments and I did that.”

  2. Liverpool Advance To EFL Cup Quarter Final

    Liverpool advance to the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup with a 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham at Anfield tonight.

    A goal in each half from Daniel Sturridge ( 9′ & 64′) ensured victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men against a Spurs side that made 10 changes to the starting line up.

    Lucas was deemed to have fouled Lamela just inside the eighteen yard box to gift Spurs a penalty which Janssen cooly converted on 76 minutes to make it 2 -1.

    Sturridge came close to getting his hattrick when Michel Vorm got a finger tip to his powerful shot from the edge of the area to deflect it onto the crossbar.

    After a nervy last few minutes where Spurs threatened to equalize, Liverpool held their composure to take the victory.

    There were some impressive showing from younsters Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria and Stewart while Simon Mignolet put in a solid perfomance between the posts.

    Daniel Sturridge deservedly picked up the man of the match award and looked threatening throughout the 90 minutes.

    Liverpool await their opponents in the next round with the remaining games being played Wednesday evening.

    The draw for the quarter finals takes place after Wednesday nights fixtures and will be live on Sky Sports.


  3. Loris Karius is Liverpool’s No 1 Goalkeeper

    Jurgen Klopp has finally confirmed what a lot of Liverpool fans already suspected in that Loris Karius is Liverpool’s number 1 goalkeeper.

    Speaking during his pre match press conference on Monday afternoon before the EFL Cup tie with Tottenham at Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp fielded the inevitable questions about who would start in goal for the EFL cup game and what the chances were of Simon Mignolet starting the match.

    Klopp said “the chance is at 100%, That’s only if nothing happens. If anything happens in training then I don’t hope, he will play 100%.”

    When asked how Mignolet responded to not being the first choice, Klopp replied, “good. He is a real proffesional. We had a few talks because it’s not that I had the perfect answer. I couldn’t say no, you are bad and he is good and that’s why he is playing, so.”

    Loris Karius

    “I said that is what I call a luxury problem. So it’s no problem and I only have to make a decision and I made the decision.”

    “Of course he was not happy about this but as I said, he is a very serious person and a good professional and for us it the most comfortable situation I could imagine, that we have these goalkeepers fit and in shape so that’s it.”

    “A few talks. Everything is good from my side. He is not happy but nobody can see this in training. He is still hard working, improving, all what he has to do and that’s all OK”

    When it was mentioned the Klopp previously said the he didn’t have a number one goalkeeper, he responded by saying, “In this moment we have a number one. That’s Loris Karius. Like we had a number one when Loris was not fit. It was Simon.”

    “So I now know what you make of this. I can imagine but that’s the situation. That’s how the goalkeeper knows. I can not leave them in doubt.”

    “There was a short period, a short moment with the two or three games which Loris we gave him to see a bit more of him but after the last international break, I spoke to both of them and then we made this decision.”

    “Loris is in this moment number one and Simon is number two but that’s all.”