Hart Signing Not In Klopp’s Plans
Liverpool won’t be making any move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart according to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Reports this week claimed the Reds could make a £20million bid for the England number 1, but Klopp ruled out that prospect and insists he is happy with his two main keepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
“We always think about the squad, and that includes the goalkeepers,” the Liverpool boss said at a press conference on Thursday morning.
“Is it about Joe Hart? Usually we don’t talk about things like this, but in this specific case we can.
“He is a fantastic goalkeeper – the goalkeeper of the England national team – so he is highest quality.
“But we have the highest quality goalkeepers already. So he is not for us, not in the moment and hopefully not in the future.”
Liverpool’s third-choice keeper Danny Ward is currently on loan at Championship side Huddersfield and Klopp expects the 23-year-old to be fighting alongside Mignolet and Karius for a place in the first team.
“That’s not because of Joe,” added Klopp. “It’s because we have two strong goalkeepers and Wardy is at Huddersfield, playing a brilliant season. He’s ours so we will bring him back next season and then there is more competition.”
Liverpool also have two academy keepers banging on the door in the shape of Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher. However, he avoided any mention of Liverpool’s other keeper, Adam Bogdan. The Hungary international was on a season-long loan at Championship side Wigan Athletic until a serious knee injury ended his season in November. He is no longer part of Klopp’s plans and will be offered for sale this summer.
Hart is currently on a season-long loan at Serie A side Torino. However, he appears to have no future at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola.
Torino have ruled out a permanent move although they could be open to another loan spell if Hart isn’t snapped up early in the transfer window.