It’s been barely over a month since the Champions League final- the one in which Lorius Karius made two howlers, which were eventually diagnosed as errors caused due to concussion.
However the young German’s confidence looks visibly shot- is he in the right frame of mind to start for Liverpool next season? Judging by this howler in pre-season against Tranmere, the answer would perhaps be no. Should Klopp start looking for another keeper? The Liverpool gaffer defended Karius after the game, but at this moment, not all fans feel that the latter has overcome his mental demons. The Reds have a massive fan base, which also means that Karius will be subject to greater levels of scrutiny than, say, back in his native Germany. Continue reading
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named Lorius Karius as the Reds No.1 goalkeeper and has said that the 24 year old will be given an extended run under the sticks. Karius had made four league appearances for the Reds this season and was in goal for their thrilling 4-3 win over league leaders Man City at Anfield. He was also Klopp’s No.1 for all six of Liverpool’s Champions League group games as well as the recent FA Cup win over Everton, which saw Virgil van Dijk score on debut for the Reds.
From an admittedly small sample (he’s made only 4 PL appearances this season, as mentioned before), Karius has conceded more goals than saved shots. However, Liverpool are YET to lose a game this season when he’s been in goal.
Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet, who last played for the Reds against Burnley on New Year’s Day, has said that he will consider his future at Anfield, with one eye on the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.