After coming under intense defensive criticism in the first half of the season Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been under pressure to try to stop Liverpool being so vulnerable at the back.
Having made a big name signing in the January transfer already, paying £75m for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk many thought Klopp would be in the market for a new goalkeeper having seen Mignolet once again fail to silence his doubters with a series of inconsistent performances.
Instead, Klopp has turned to Loris Karius as the man he feels can improve Liverpool’s defensive frailties.
Karius was signed by Klopp in May 2016 for £4.7m to help solve the concerns Liverpool had at the time with Mignolet’s performances but after a shaky start has only made 14 premier league appearances for the Merseyside club in a stuttering start to his Anfield career.
But it seems that Klopp has seen something in training that has changed his mind on the German stopper with him turning to Karius in their recent crunch tie with Manchester City which saw Liverpool break Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League so far this season in an exciting 4-3 tie.
After coming under some criticism for being beaten at his near post for the first Manchester City goal, many thought that Klopp would still be in the market for a new stopper in the transfer window, but it seems he is sticking with Karius.
“He’s the number one now,” said Klopp.
“He is a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play.”
Klopp seemed to suggest that he isn’t in the market for a new keeper right now, although has been clear that it is up to Karius to hold on to the number 1 shirt.
“I am fine with our goalkeeper situation.” said Klopp.
“Loris needs to deliver and he knows that.”
Klopp seems to be saying all the things that Karius will want to hear, but we don’t think we’ve seen the end of the Goalkeeping issue at Liverpool – watch this space!
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