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Liverpool sign up Simon Mignolet competition in first of summer deals

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Simon Mignolet was Klopp's first-choice keeper this season
Simon Mignolet was Klopp's first-choice keeper this season

The Anfield club confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Loris Karius this afternoon.

Liverpool have completed the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7million.

Press Association Sport understands the 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

He has taken the number one shirt as it is understood the German asked for that number - current first-choice Simon Mignolet is 22 - and manager Jurgen Klopp agreed he could have it.

Karius will provide much-needed competition for Mignolet, whose position has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances.

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.