Is Klopp Taking A Risk With Keeper Rotation?

13 Sep

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will start in goal against Sevilla tonight in the Champions League.

The decision to select the German is a bit of a surprise considering Mignolet has hardly put a foot wrong since his return to the team last season, despite him conceding 5 goals against Manchester City last Saturday.

In fairness to the Belgian, he could hardly be blamed for the goals conceded and actually did very well to keep the score down.

Reports suggested last week that Klopp wants to use Karius as his goalkeeper for Champions League games despite naming Mignolet as his number 1.

Barcelona have used a goalkeeper rotation system to great effect in recent seasons and it looks like Klopp wants to do the same.

But is it the right thing to do at Liverpool?

Personally I don’t agree with it, and I certainly don’t feel the time is right to introduce it with Liverpool’s worrying problem of conceding far too many goals since the start of this season.

Both Mignolet and Karius are struggling to convince people that they are good enough to keep goal at a club like Liverpool, although, as I said earlier that Mignolet hasn’t done much wrong since returning to the side last season.

But Karius has looked far from convincing since his arrival on Merseyside after producing a string of nervy performances between the sticks last season that resulted in Mignolet’s return to the team.

Klopp made a surprising selection by selecting Karius for Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal earlier this season, but although the German had very little to do, he did looked far from confident and was almost dispossessed with the ball at his feet on numerous occasions.

Karius doesn’t fill me with confidence at the moment, although after being a Klopp signing he could still prove to be a great keeper.

But with Liverpool’s defensive problems I think Klopp needs to select a settled defence, and especially a regular goalkeeper, and I don’t think chopping and changing his keeper is a good thing.

Liverpool supporters love being back in the Champions League and want the team to do well and I think I’m not alone in thinking that Klopp’s decision to select Karius is too big a risk to take for such a big game.



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