Jurgen Klopp reiterates position on Liverpool goalkeepers, offers injury update, honest assessment of West Ham loss

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's League Cup semi-final first leg clash with Stoke City.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out moves for German goalkeepers Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Timo Horn, saying, again saying he is satisfied with the goalkeeping situation at the club. 

The manager was speaking ahead of tomorrow's League Cup semi-final first leg where the Reds will take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, and again gave his backing to current first choice stopper Simon Mignolet.

The German seems wary of the task ahead of his side but has said his side has to target winning the tournament now they are in the last four.

He told his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "This cup is important. We have to go for it. Our target is to win it. It will be tough because [Stoke manager] Mark Hughes has done a brilliant job." 

The Reds' boss batted away questions about the seemingly imminent signing of Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade and the possibility that Mario Balotelli - who is currently on a season-long loan with AC Milan - could have a future on Merseyside when he returns in the summer. 

With the fixture schedule so congested for his side at the moment, as well as so many injuries for his side to contend with - Klopp has admitted he won't be able to make many changes from the side that lost to West Ham United at the weekend, and will try to address things that went wrong on Saturday lunchtime.

"We were passive. That's not good in life or in football. We have to be more aggressive.

"We have issues with crosses. Before that we had issues with set-pieces. We need to solve that. We've been clear with the words."

He seemed to rule his captain Jordan Henderson out of the side following because of a problem with his heel but seems hopeful that he will be available for selection again soon.

Klopp said: "At the moment there is blood around the heel. We have to wait. We cannot rush it."

Daniel Sturridge is not available for the trip to the Potteries with Klopp keen to hold him back, saying: "Daniel has had some little problems. When he's had a row of sessions, I will pick him. He's not available.

"It would be easy for me to say, come on, let's try, we dont score enough goals, but we have to be patient.

"Daniel had last pre-season in 2011. During that period we load bodies with strength. We're trying to fill his body with energy."

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