Liverpool have been told they must delay attempts to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel until at least the summer transfer window. Foxes stopper Mark Schwarzer believes it will be "impossible" to acquire the Danish 'keeper before the end of January but concedes a move at the end of the campaign is not unforeseeable.
The Sunday People understand that the Reds have made an enquiry into the availability of the 29-year-old, but were informed the player would not be sold in this window as Leicester look to maintain their attempts to win the Premier League title. Despite Simon Mignolet being tied down to a new long-term contract, Klopp remains committed to signing a new number one between the sticks.
Manchester United, where father Peter Schmeichel made his name, are also monitoring the future of the Leicester 'keeper whose contract at the King Power Stadium has another two-and-a-half years to run. As for Liverpool's interest, Schwarzer believes his side have no plans to allow their goalkeeper to leave at least until the end of the campaign.
"I admire him in many ways because the biggest challenge he's had in his career is trying to evolve from the shadows of his dad, he being one of the greats to have ever played the game," he told Talksport. "It has been a tremendous effort for him to get to the level he is at now with that constant reminder of how great his dad is and whether or not he is as good as his dad.
"What he has been able to do it put that aside and forge his own career. Even though there are a lot of similarities between him and his dad he's done it his own way. I can't see Leicester allowing him to leave [for Liverpool], particularly at this time of the season. I just see it as impossible. Maybe at the end of the season we'll see what happens at the club, but I just can't see Leicester letting Kasper go."
Despite the reports, Klopp has continually backed Mignolet this term and the German's faith in him was clear for all to see when the Belgium international was handed a new contract at Liverpool. The 27-year-old has since spoken of his desire to take greater responsibility at Anfield.