Pundit: Liverpool need to make this signing or miss out on the title

Kevin Kilbane urges Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to sign a goalkeeper in the January transfer window

Kevin Kilbane believes Liverpool need to sign a goalkeeper in the January transfer window if Jurgen Klopp is going to steer the Reds to the Premier League title.

The German’s shot stoppers have provided the Liverpool boss with a headache this season, with both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet having made high-profile mistakes.

Klopp signed Karius in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz in the summer transfer window as he looked to improve his options in the goalkeeping department.

However, the 23-year-old was heavily criticised for his erratic performances against Bournemouth and West Ham United in early December which prompted Klopp to restore Mignolet to his starting line-up.

Liverpool were 4-1 winners against Stoke City on Tuesday evening thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and own goal after Mignolet made a mistake for Jonathan Walters’ opener.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Stoke City on Tuesday evening, former Everton defender Kilbane explained why Liverpool must sign a goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

“There will be question marks over Liverpool’s goalkeeping again unless they sign a goalkeeper in the next transfer window,” Kilbane said.

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Kilbane added: “They are serious contenders for the title. I do feel they’re serious contenders. Apart from the goalkeeper errors we’ve seen this season, they’d have been a lot closer to Chelsea any way.”

Mignolet moved to Liverpool in a £9m deal from Sunderland in 2013.

The Reds are in second place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 18 games.

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