Liverpool: Klopp reveals Premier League favourite; Mignolet set for talks; Karius keen to repay boss
Jurgen Klopp was the star attraction of last night’s Monday Night Football as Burnley face Watford, and the Liverpool boss was quizzed on all things Premier League, as he revealed his favourite player in the league, saying:
“I like David Silva – he is a wonderful player, he’s everywhere, he’s so skilled and he has a wonderful attitude. Even though I haven’t heard his name too often during Manchester City’s wonderful start to the season, I’m pretty sure he has a role and I like his style of play.”
However, the German also reserved praise for his side as he spoke about his ambitions with Liverpool and how he believes that his team are not too far away from a title challenge in the Premier League, saying:
“Only to play football that we like to remember. That’s all that you have to do in life – use the time that you have together to create some moments, which you can enjoy and look back to say they were some of the best moments I’ve ever had. Of course we want to win the league. I don’t know when it will happen or if it will happen but we are not too far away from the teams that battle for the title.”
If the Reds are too challenge then Klopp will have to make more tough decisions about his team selection and tactics. One of the toughest to date has been his decision to drop Simon Mignolet in favour of summer signing Loris Karius, who started in goal against Hull Ciy at the weekend after keeping a clean sheet against Derby County in the EFL Cup. The Mirror claim that the Belgian may now seek talks with his boss after being unhappy with the decision.
Klopp has already made clear that he would be happy to talk to Mignolet about the decision, but that no-one has a guaranteed place in the Liverpool line-up. He said:
“Like I said a few times, before the game there is only the decision. After the game if someone wants to talk about it we can talk about it, but before the game nothing else than the game. If he wants to talk we can talk, there’s no problem, but it will be not a problem because I know him. We cannot promise line up positions. We can only say we made decisions, use them.”
The man who replaced Mignolet clearly appreciates the opportunity though, having completed a move to Anfield in the summer and missed the start of the season with a broken hand. He told the Liverpool Echo:
“That competition with Simon is good. Obviously we train really well because we know we have a strong opponent. I think it is positive for us and for the club that we know we have to be at our best to play otherwise there will be another strong keeper who is waiting. It is really healthy competition and we don’t have anything against each other. We try to help each other in training and we get on okay so there is no issue between us. The one who doesn’t play is going to be a bit frustrated but that’s football – the manager has to pick 11 players.”
The German has already been told that he will retain his starting spot for the visit to Swansea City this weekend, but it remains unclear if Mignolet will be happy as reserve choice on the Anfield bench for long.
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