Jürgen Klopp has ruled out a summer move for Joe Hart and said he is content with the goalkeeping options at Anfield.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with the England international who is on loan at Torino having lost his Manchester City place under Pep Guardiola.
While Simon Mignolet has been in impressive form during Liverpool’s pursuit of Champions League qualification, his long-term hold on the No1 spot remains uncertain and Loris Karius is vying for the position. Klopp confirmed the 23-year-old German was his first choice earlier in the season only to drop the former Mainz goalkeeper after 10 Premier League appearances.
The Liverpool manager said Hart is not an upgrade on his senior keepers and will not be heading to Anfield this summer. He said: “You ask about goalkeepers but you don’t say the name. Is it about Joe Hart? We don’t usually talk about these sort of things but in this particular case I think we can. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, the goalkeeper of the English national team, highest quality, but we have highest-quality goalkeepers. It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not in the future –not because of Joe but because we already have two strong goalkeepers.
“Danny Ward is at Huddersfield and playing a brilliant season. He is our player so we will bring him back so there is competition. The young ones have made really big steps, Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara, and that is really good. I understand the question but I cannot give the answer probably a few people want but we think about it all the time.”
Liverpool have several defensive problems for Sunday’s home game against Crystal Palace. Joël Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva have been unable to train this week owing to injuries. Matip and Lucas have muscle issues, while Klavan has a slight medial ligament problem. Joe Gomez is in contention for his first Premier League appearance of the season.
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson will also miss the Palace game and Klopp has cast doubt over the captain’s availability for the remainder of the season. Henderson has been out since 11 February with a foot injury and unlike Lallana, who is expected to return to full training next week, is not close to a return.
Asked whether Henderson could miss the rest of the campaign, Klopp said: “I don’t know. We will have to see. He cannot really train so we have to wait for when he can. That was always the plan with the medical department. He is not patient any more, I can tell you that. He looks really healthy but nothing has changed.”