Klopp: Karius is number one

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet will return to the starting XI for the EFL Cup clash with Spurs but manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he is no longer the first-choice keeper.

New signing Loris Karius has played the last five Liverpool fixtures and Klopp confirmed that the German has taken ownership of the role.

"If nothing happens in training then he will play. But in this moment we have a No.1 and that's Loris Karius. That's the situation and what the goalkeepers know. I cannot leave them in doubt," said Klopp.

"There was a short period with the two or three games we (initially) gave Loris to see a bit more of him, but after the last international break I spoke to both and we made this decision.

"Of course, he (Mignolet) was not happy but nobody can see this in training. He is still working hard, improving, (doing) all he has to do. He is a very serious person and a good professional."

The manager also confirmed Liverpool's commitment to doing well in the EFL Cup after suffering defeat in last year's final.

"It's a negative sign if we lose a final and say we want to win it next year. It's a very big cup tournament. That is the reason we want to go and win."

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