Should Klopp Stick With Karius ?

7 Dec

Should Klopp Stick With Karius ?

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was a target for some severe criticism after the Reds threw away a two goal lead in the last 15 minutes to lose 4-3 to Bournemouth last Sunday.

The Reds’ stopper was at fault with two of the four goals and didn’t look convincing all day, and this isn’t the first time that he has struggled.

After Liverpool’s 2-1 win away to Swansea City earlier this season Karius looked extremely nervy and I honestly thought that Klopp should have brought Simon Mignolet back for the next game because it was against Manchester United, but the German stuck by his summer signing and he got away with it, not because Karius had a brilliant game, but mostly because United came to Anfield with no ambition to attack.

Karius hasn’t really been tested all that much since taking over from Mignolet, and I would say that his best performance so far was in the 6-1 win over Watford a few weeks ago, where he made a few decent saves.

But in fairness, apart from Sunday’s last 15 minutes, Liverpool’s defence has protected the young keeper pretty well.

It is still very early in the young German’s Liverpool career, but so far I don’t see him being an upgrade on Mignolet.

Karius does look better than Belgian stopper at kicking, but he doesn’t look any better at dealing with crosses, and so far, he doesn’t look as good a shot-stopper, so should Klopp stick with his first-choice keeper?

I think Klopp will stick with him after signing him in the summer, and I don’t think it would be right to drop him next week against West Ham, but he needs to start showing why Klopp wanted to bring him to Anfield or it could severely damage Liverpool’s ambitions for the rest of the season.

Mignolet started the season in decent form and he has been very unlucky being dropped for Karius.

Klopp obviously thinks that Mignolet won’t improve any more, and that Karius will grow to be the keeper he wants, but Liverpool are in such a strong position in the league at the moment and they need a strong keeper, and at the moment I would pick Mignolet on current form.

Hopefully Karius starts showing us why Klopp signed him soon because Liverpool can’t wait too long if they are to challenge for honours this season.

 

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