John Barnes’ response when asked if Jurgen Klopp should sign a new Liverpool goalkeeper
The Liverpool legend doesn't believe Jurgen Klopp needs a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window
John Barnes has played down the chances of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signing a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window.
The Reds boss opted to start with second-choice shot stopper Simon Mignolet in goal for Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night.
Klopp signed Germany Under-21 international Loris Karius in the summer transfer window in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz 05.
The former Manchester City youth player was handed the number one shirt and took Mignolet’s place following his return from a broken right hand.
However, Karius was criticised for clumsy performances in Liverpool’s 4-3 loss to Bournemouth and the Merseyside outfit’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United last weekend.
Speaking exclusively to The Sport Review ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Everton in the Merseyside derby on Monday night, Barnes addressed the possibility of Klopp signing a new goalkeeper in January.
“He might [sign a goalkeeper], who knows? He needs to strengthen the squad and of course we do need players,” Barnes said, speaking to The Sport Review.
“I still believe we need a left-back. As for whether we go for a goalkeeper, only Jurgen Klopp knows. He’s got Mignolet, a fantastic number two and a good number one. But I don’t think he would do it [sign a goalkeeper] just for the sake of it.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season following Klopp’s appointment back in October 2015.