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Will this be one position Liverpool's new manager focuses on?

J├╝rgen Klopp celebrating Bundesliga title

There are several issues that the new Liverpool manager will have to consider, and the goalkeeping position may be one of them.

With all of the signs pointing towards Jurgen Klopp becoming the new Liverpool manager, with various reports - including one from the Liverpool Echo - suggesting that he is to be appointed before the weekend, there will naturally be thoughts as to what he is going to change when he gets the opportunity. 

Under Brendan Rodgers, the Northern Irishman liked to see every part of his team play football, including his goalkeeper. Pepe Reina was fairly adept with the ball at his feet, but he was moved on and Simon Mignolet took his place - but one of the Belgian's glaring weaknesses is that he isn't the best kicker of the ball, and is certainly not comfortable on his left foot.

Now, Jurgen Klopp may or may not keep that particular aspect to his play. Primarily - and stating the obvious - the goalkeeper is there to stop the ball from going into the back of the net. But being comfortable with the ball at their feet is a useful asset to have, and one that Roman Weidenfeller - whom he worked with at Dortmund - possesses.

Naturally, you would think this would be going down the route of debating whether he should bring in his former keeper. It isn't, though he may well attract a couple of his former stars to Merseyside in the coming transfer windows.

Reportedly, the infamous transfer committee with which Rodgers had reservations about is to stay. Over the years they have been trying to buy younger players in the hope that the manager will develop them, though not all of them seem to have been the choice of the boss. Whether that will change with Klopp and he will be given the final say, remains to be seen. 

But one goalkeeper who could fit the profile is someone Klopp will be familiar with - Cologne's Timo Horn. The 22-year-old has been their number one stopper for three seasons now - helping them to win promotion to the top-flight in 2014 before consolidating their position. This season they have got off to a terrific start to the season, which sees them in striking distance of the Champions League places following a 3-0 win over Schalke at the weekend. 

Throughout their time in the top-flight, he has been part of a side that has tried to build success on the back of defensive solidity. Clean sheet records have fallen at the club and his qualities have been recognised by his ascension to the Germany under-21 side, and if you look at the vast amount of talented goalkeepers for Germany, maybe getting into the second string is actually a good achievement.

What may also get overlooked this season is that Horn has had to contend with the defence in front of him being rebuilt, with Kevin Wimmer sold to Tottenham during the summer and Dominic Maroh dropped to the bench with Frederik Sorensen and Dominique Heintz.

This is a difficult thing to do, especially while you're still learning as young goalkeeper. But with the changes made to the Liverpool defence, that is one thing that Mignolet hasn't really adapted to. There has been the odd run in the side when he has been comfortable, but nothing sustained.

Liverpool need their goalkeeper to be confident with whoever is front of them, and need to be prepared for changes in personnel. 

Horn is used as an example in this piece because he fits the the profile of the kind of transfer business the owner takes, but also demonstrates qualities that Mignolet doesn't seem to have. It's hard to imagine that Liverpool's next manager will not at some stage contemplate whether a change between the sticks is required, or a tweak to his coaching regime. 

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