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Mignolet or Karius?.

Simon Mignolet names the Liverpool goalkeeper he 'expects' to play against Manchester United

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Simon Mignolet is now in his fourth season at Liverpool but the Belgian is still struggling to win over the supporters at Anfield.

The former Sunderland ‘keeper has made a series of mistakes at the club since his £9 million move in 2013 and was dropped by manager Jurgen Klopp for a short period during last season.

Since Mignolet has arrived, though, Liverpool have lacked a quality second-choice goalkeeper with the likes of Brad Jones and Adam Bogdan unable to provide him with serious competition.

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Things have changed this season with the arrival of Loris Karius in a deal worth £4.7 million. The 23-year-old German arrived on Merseyside with a growing reputation having been voted the third best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga last season.

Karius missed the start of the campaign through a broken hand but has been given starts in Liverpool’s two previous Premier League matches against Hull City and Swansea City.

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However, Karius didn’t look totally assured during the 2-1 victory against Swansea before the international break and some fans were asking whether he was ready to be the club's number one.

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League

Therefore, days ahead of a massive clash against Manchester United at Anfield on Monday, there are many questions surrounding who Klopp will start in goal: Mignolet or Karius?

Well, Mignolet has named the shot-stopper he ‘expects’ to be between the sticks against Jose Mourinho’s side.

"I look at the positives and expect and hope to play against United," he told a news conference.

"I can still take confidence from my good start in the league. At Arsenal, Tottenham and against Leicester [City], I was important to the team with some good saves.

"I can just make sure I'm ready 100 per cent. Whether I play or not, nothing will change my preparation. It is not in my character to not give 100 per cent."

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

However, something that could sway the decision in Karius’ favour is the fact that he - along with the back-four of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner - all stayed at Melwood during the international break and would have had plenty of time to work on their defensive organisation.

It’s certainly a big decision for Klopp to make in what is a massive match. Liverpool’s impressive start to the campaign sees them sitting in fourth after seven matches, just two points off table-toppers Manchester City.

Despite their decent start, Liverpool have already conceded 10 goals - seven more than Spurs - and that’s something they desperately need to address.

Whether it’s Mignolet or Karius who is responsible for helping to improve that record remains to be seen.

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