Klopp undecided on Reds’ number one

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is not willing to make a choice on his first-choice goalkeeper, with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet the options.

Karius, an off-season signing from Bundesliga side Mainz, is set to make his Reds debut in their English Football League Cup match against Derby County on Tuesday.

"I know where your question should lead but the thing we wanted was to have two really strong goalkeepers and I think that is what we have," Klopp said when asked about the Belgian and German stoppers.

"Maybe the question makes sense but the answer doesn't. There is no number one so there is no decision to make, it is all about performing, improvement and showing how much you can help the team.

"You need a manager who increases your confidence. The pressure on the players is big enough so I don't have to make any more. I don't want to make a big battle of these two goalkeepers. They need to feel secure.

"In the end if I have a feeling for something then I will change or not but it is not about because we paid money for Loris and we didn't pay money last year for Simon that makes the decision.

"It is all about what I see in training and what I see in training is two very good goalkeepers. Now the boys have to perform."

The Reds face the Rams at iPro Stadium on Tuesday, before return to Premier League action, possibly with Mignolet in goal, at home to Hull City on Saturday.