No Coutinho, no problem - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails 'fantastic' Roberto Firmino

Virgil van Dijk boost for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk boost for Liverpool

"He's the number one now", Klopp said, per BBC Sport.

Jurgen Klopp has assured Liverpool fans the club will buy a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, but refused to commit to a big transfer in the January window.

Karius, 24, has had to share goalkeeping duties with fellow Liverpool player Simon Mignolet since his arrival from Mainz 05 for £4.7 million back in May 2016. He has propelled himself to the highest level and is now regarded as one of the top five, if not better, 'keepers in world football.

"You see him in training and think "what a work ethic, what an attitude", and he brings it on the pitch as well. It's really nice as a manager to be part of it, to see a player do that".

Centre-back Virgil van Dijk returns to the side after a tight hamstring ruled him out of last week's win over Manchester City.

Mignolet has played the majority of this season but after a few questionable performances, the German coach his put his faith in Karius to help Liverpool battle in both the Premier League and Champions League.

"I'm pretty sure if I gave the players the opportunity to have a free choice to build their own teams in training then he would be one of the first picks!" The problem they have is that everyone is watching them (through a magnifying glass) and saying 'still not good enough!'

"First of all, we have to use the players we have and I think that makes absolute sense because we have really high-quality players, especially Adam Lallana". Past year I decided already that if I had the opportunity to do it, we would do it between December 30 and January 1. They are improving, much better results, they are doing well.

"I don't think you can look at our [previous] game against Swansea, it will be a different game".

Ahead of Monday night's Premier League trip to Swansea City, Nathaniel Clyne is the only squad member out for the foreseeable future, with Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno on the cusp of a return.

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