Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he is unsure what the future holds for Simon Mignolet, who is presently the Reds’ back-up shot-stopper. The Belgium international has fallen behind Loris Karius in the pecking order for the number one role with his last appearance coming in the 3-2 FA Cup loss to West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking in a press conference, Klopp refused to discuss Mignolet’s long-term future with the Reds, and admits he is more focused on the club’s Champions League tie versus Porto on Wednesday night, he said: “Nobody knows about the future, or I don’t know about the future. In this business it is always the same – it says nothing about that. It’s not for me to think about these kind of things. I have to make a decision for tomorrow night and that’s all. No problem.”
Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed that Nathaniel Clyne has joined up with the Reds squad for the trip to Porto, though the game could come too soon for the Englishman, who has just recovered from a lengthy back problem, he added: “Clyney is back; of course, it is absolutely too early to think about him, but he is back in normal training, so that’s cool. He’s been training for two days but after that long of a break, it will take time until he is able to play.”
Liverpool are out of contention for trophies in all competitions other than the Champions League, and the club could be optimistic of progressing to the final stages of the elite competition, given they have an in-form strikeforce, which is capable of beating any opposition on their day.
With the departure of Philippe Coutinho, the Reds are more dependent on Mohamed Salah to provide the attacking threat. The Egypt international has notched nearly 30 goals for the Reds in his maiden season, and he has found the perfect partner in the form of Roberto Firmino, who already has 20 goals to his name.