Jurgen Klopp spoke about Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation at his post-match press conference last night.
If you’re cynical enough then you would have put Liverpool’s clean sheet down to Simon Mignolet being restored to the starting lineup. The Belgian was ousted by Jurgen Klopp in favour of new signing Loris Karius after the German arrived from Mainz for £4.3 million in the summer.
10 games later and Mignolet is back and Karius is the one who is warming the bench. A large portion of the Liverpool fanbase would tell you that it is their nightmare for Mignolet to be a regular starter for the club.
When quizzed about dropping Mignolet, Klopp responded in a cheery manner.
“I’m really happy with our goalkeeping situation. We have three outstanding young goalkeepers so the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool is really good, and that’s why there’s no reason to push one through,” the Liverpool manager said.
“We want to develop the players. We don’t want to convince people that he’s not bad, we are fine with our boys.
“Loris is very young and a great talent and everything will be very good in the end but there is no time-frame for when he will be back.”
Karius seemed quite upset by Klopp’s decision to drop him but given that he has only been in England for a few months, there is still a lot that he needs to learn. Liverpool’s German manager made the correct call to take Karius out of the firing line, especially after the ‘keeper was being put under increasing pressure to perform. Such expectation and media focus can destroy a player’s confidence and ruin their chances of success.
In England, the media spotlight is so bright and intense and there is so much expectation at a club like Liverpool that there is very little margin for error. Karius will have plenty of time to develop and grown into a top goalkeeper and that will come in due time.
Liverpool’s next Premier League fixture comes against hometown rivals Everton and Mignolet is expected to start in goal.