Klopp: “Joe Hart not a Liverpool target”
According to recent reports today it’s been stated that Jurgen Klopp has ruled out Liverpool trying to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
On Wednesday it was reported that we were close to a £20m deal for the Manchester City keeper, who is currently on loan at Torino, where he has made 30 appearances keeping five clean sheets.
Hart, 30, is expected to leave City but Klopp is content with current keepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. Mignolet has really improved over time this season and has proved on numerous occasions he can be trusted. “He’s a fantastic keeper, the highest quality, but it’s not for us at the moment, nor in the future,” Klopp said.
Hart told BBC Sport in March that he was surplus to requirements at City and does not see himself playing for the Premier League club again.
He moved to Italian side Torino on a season-long loan in August after being told he was free to leave City by manager Pep Guardiola. “If you’re not going to win there is no point in fighting, especially someone as powerful as that,” Hart said.
It’s not really a massive surprise to hear that Klopp has ruled out Hart. The reason Guadiola had replaced him is his distribution and his inability to play as a sweeper.
This is also a reason why Klopp purchased Karius. The young German likes to play the ball quickly, starting the attack from the back with quick incisive moves.
Why spend £20m on a replacement if he doesn’t fit in within your overall pattern of play?
Guardiola has always maintained that he won’t decide on Hart until the end of the season.