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Loris Karius sets sights on Mignolet's No.1 position after joining Liverpool

By Carl Markham

New Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has warned Simon Mignolet he has come to Anfield to be the club's No.1.

The 22-year-old German has already taken the shirt, having obtained the agreement of manager Jurgen Klopp, and he wants the position which goes with it.

Mignolet has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances but that is about to change.

"I wouldn't make the move if I thought I was just going to sit on the bench," said the former Mainz player, who has signed a five-year contract after completing a £4.7m move. "I want to play and I feel like I will be able to do that if I do well in training and pre-season.

"I'm confident. I've played almost 100 league games in Germany, so I'm young but I'm experienced. I'm not afraid.

"I want to play for Liverpool every week and then win a trophy with the club. I want to do my part and help."

The goalkeeper is Klopp's third signing since taking over in October, having secured deals in January for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic to join this summer.

"I am delighted we have signed Loris, he has had a fantastic season with Mainz and has developed into a very good goalkeeper," said Klopp.

"I am really pleased that we were able to move so quickly to get him and that Loris has shown such a desire to come to Liverpool. I know he will add to the quality we have in this position."

Next on Liverpool's list of targets is Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, for whom they are prepared to offer £4m up front with some add-ons.

The 19-year-old had a spell at Huddersfield before returning to the King Power where he played just two FA Cup matches in January as he could not displace Christian Fuchs.

Klopp is in need of reinforcements in defence as left-back Alberto Moreno's long-term future in doubt while Martin Skrtel looks set to depart with Besiktas currently leading the race for the £6million centre-back.

Kolo Toure could yet earn a new short-term contract should Mamadou Sakho's failed drugs test lead to a lengthy ban.

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