Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s three goalkeepers will start pre-season with the same chance to make the No 1 spot their own.
Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius face competition from Danny Ward, whose penalty shoot-out saves in the Championship play-offs helped Huddersfield win promotion during last season’s loan spell.
Mignolet won his battle with Karius last season, starting every Premier League game from mid-December after the German’s performances came in for heavy criticism.
But there is no guarantee Mignolet will begin the new campaign as first-choice, according to Klopp, who told the club’s official website: “We have three goalkeepers and they can all show what they are able to do, and then we will see who will start.”
“That’s very comfortable for the manager, three really good goalkeepers. It is like it is and nothing is decided, they can all show how good they are. I don’t want to bring doubt so that they start doubting.
“They are at a fantastic club and a fantastic football club needs fantastic goalkeepers. We had a really good goalkeeping season.
“Yes, it was a little bit difficult for Loris but I’m sure he had his part in the development of Simon, who played a really good season. And Danny played a fantastic season at Huddersfield with a big success at the end.”
Karius last started for Liverpool in January but has returned to training ready to fight for a place.
He said: “I didn’t have an easy first season with a bit of a struggle and injuries. Now I want to prove myself, do better than last season and win the shirt back.
“It was a new experience for me, with a lot to learn. Even in the negative spell, I took positives out of it and learned a lot that was new to me. I feel strong mentally and also on the pitch. I want to prove myself.”
Liverpool’s busy pre-season schedule includes a July 19 meeting with Crystal Palace in the Premier League Asian Trophy, live on Sky Sports.
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