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Jurgen Klopp gives huge vote of confidence to Simon Mignolet, previews Southampton clash

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Southampton at St Mary's.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has denied that he is looking for a new goalkeeper, describing his current number one Simon Mignolet as one of the smartest he has worked with.

Speaking to reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Reds boss said: “I’m absolutely satisfied with goalkeeper situation, sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers, Stoke or wherever. We have enough high quality goalkeepers.

“Mignolet is now smarter than he’s ever been. He’s young enough to develop, to improve. It’s not the easiest situation before I came here but since I came here, nothing to criticise.

“Everyone is watching for a second Neuer but he’s in a good way.”

Klopp added he does not know who he will pick for tomorrow night's clash with Southampton but indicated he is looking forward to tomorrow night's League Cup quarter-final against the Saints.

The Reds are currently on a run of six wins from seven games in all competitions but Klopp says that those games can't be compared really be compared with each other, but said the side is taking confidence from their recent wins.

One piece of team news is that Adam Bogdan will be handed only his third start for the Reds having featured in the previous two League Cup ties up until this stage of the competition, once Klopp has checked with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

He added: “The only thing you can do is take the confidence of the last result, but you have to prepare for different problems in the next game. It would be easy to say it’s easy away or against teams with more ball possession, because if it was that easy, everyone would do it.

“In our moment of development, we have to train to react faster. Defend well, get the ball, switch quick - that’s a good thing for the team. We have speed and discipline in defending, that’s a good thing.”

Klopp confirmed that both Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge came through their return to action against Swansea without any trouble, but won't be starting them on the South coast tomorrow night. He did say, however, that the pair could be used from the bench and will be part of tomorrow night's squad.

He said that it is possible Philippe Coutinho could play in tomorrow's game after he missed the past two games through a hamstring strain, but was in full training prior to the weekend. 

The Liverpool boss is also not getting carried away with the prospect of leading his side to a major final within months after being appointed manager, instead he is focussed on the game against Southampton and nothing else, while also commenting on ways to help improve the side's defending from set pieces, which cost Liverpool a win in the league meeting between the two sides in October.  

“The biggest fault you can make is think about the next round. Only Southampton. They’re pretty hot on this game, they’ve lost their last two games and they want to strike about.

“I hear Southampton and Liverpool are not the best friends, so it will be a feisty game.

“We don’t give opponents too many chances. Most of the goals we concede are from set-plays, but try to defend this better, but defending is not only because of clean sheets but feeling good in the game."

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