Emre Can has given Loris Karius his backing to succeed in the Premier League after the young German goalkeeper has found it difficult to adapt to the rigours of English football.
After making a £4.3 million switch from Mainz to Liverpool, Karius broke his wrist in a pre-season game on tour against Chelsea in the United States and, as a result, his Premier League initiation was postponed.
Since making his competitive debut against Derby County, Karius has come under scrutiny for what has been perceived as a similarity with Simon Mignolet. In his first few games, the German ‘keeper has failed to dominate his area when crosses are flung into the box and he has been less than convincing with his distribution, while a far cry more composed than Mignolet.
Emre Can believes that his compatriot will come good in what is arguably the most difficult league to play in. Can points out that Karius getting his first shut-out against Manchester United will be good for Karius’ confidence.
Can was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying, “He’s a great lad and a very, very good goalkeeper. It’s a little bit different here from the Bundesliga but he’s well aware of that. I think he’s been doing very well so far and the fact that he kept a clean sheet recently against Manchester United is a big thing.”
Can continued, “It is the same if an outfield player scores a goal in that it helps your confidence. If a goalkeeper doesn’t concede, that will help him.”
Karius will take comfort in the fact that he is training in a camp filled with positive attitudes and one of the best man-to-man coaches in the world in Jurgen Klopp, as well as the fact that there are plenty of German-speaking squad members with Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan also arriving from the Bundesliga in the summer transfer window.
Liverpool play Watford in four days when the Hornets travel to Anfield on Sunday and while Walter Mazzari’s side are on good form, it will present the chance for Karius to get his second Premier League clean sheet and help Liverpool go top of the league.