Liverpool goalkeeper joins list of targets for Serie A side Napoli

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Napoli’s hunt for a new goalkeeper could see them once again turn to Premier League side Liverpool with Simon Mignolet a target, according to respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marizo.

Mignolet is reportedly surplus to requirements with the Reds after Jurgen Klopp paid a world-record fee for Brazil No1 Alisson Becker earlier this summer.

Despite his calamitous record, Loris Karius, who ripped the No1 spot from Mignolet last season, is set to be retained as the club’s reserve stopper.

And so Mignolet has emerged as a top target for Napoli who lost former Reds stopper Pepe Reina to Serie A rivals AC Milan last month.

David Ospina and Guillermo Ochoa are also two targets for boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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After a superb pre-season including a 4-1 hammering of Manchester United, a 5-0 thrashing of Napoli and a 2-1 come-back win over Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool go into there opening Premier League match of the season against new-look West Ham on Wednesday.

And with so many players in top form – plus four new arrivals – the Reds boss has an embarrassment of riches when trying to select his match-day 18.

The toughest job is trying to work out who to pick and who to leave out.

With Liverpool’s superb squad Klopp will have a real challenge managing some bruised egos this season.

Here’s how we think the Reds 18 will line-up for the opening weekend – and there are quite a few surprises.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismisses defensive worries ahead of new season

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not concerned by his defensive options heading into the opening weekend of the season, despite being able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside under-23 defender Nathaniel Philips.

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho – who missed an early penalty – and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not worried ahead of Sunday’s visit of West Ham.

“I think (Joe Gomez) is OK. It is nothing serious but it was not possible tonight as he played on Saturday,” said Klopp.

“Dejan (Lovren) is in but he’s not had a long holiday (after the World Cup final).

“For Raggy (Klavan) and Joel it is probably not good enough as they are not fit for the weekend but we don’t need 12 centre-halves.”

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all made their Anfield debuts for Liverpool with the latter impressing with an assist for Daniel Sturridge to score the third goal after Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum had given the hosts a 2-0 lead.

Alisson was not able to keep a clean sheet after being beaten by Andrea Belotti’s close-range header but his departure late on saw Loris Karius warmly welcomed back to Anfield by fans after his two costly errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

It was a moment which pleased Klopp as much as the performance.

“I was not surprised to be honest but as a human being I was hoping for it and I loved it,” he added.

“We showed tonight a really nice face and that helps, not only Loris but the others as well that they see this is a very special place. It was a really big gesture.”

Klopp has not ruled out captain Jordan Henderson featuring on Sunday despite only returning to training at the weekend.

“I am not sure but it is Hendo. In his first session he looked like he trained the whole three weeks completely,” said the Reds boss.

“He was in a really good shape so we thought a few minutes tonight would be possible.

“He is a very important option but I have no clue what we will do at the weekend.

“Hendo needs a pre-season but not as much as the others as he has not had long off.”

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