Loris Karius is desperate to put an up and down first season at Liverpool behind him and prove himself to supporters in 2017/18.
He was meant to be the quick fix that Liverpool fans had hoped for in goal since Pepe Reina left but a broken hand in pre-season may just have been a bad omen for things to come for Loris Karius.
The German ‘enjoyed’ a sub-par campaign in 2016/17, being thrown into the deep end as Liverpool’s number one before a number of high-profile errors saw him stripped of his position and appear just a handful of times in cup competitions from January onwards.
However, the 24-year old has returned for pre-season determined to put last season behind him and prove himself to Klopp, his teammates and fans alike.
“It feels good to be back,” Karius told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I didn’t have an easy first season with a bit of a struggle and injuries. Now I want to prove myself, do better than last season and win the shirt back.
“It was a new experience for me, with a lot to learn. Even in the negative spell, I took positives out of it and learned a lot that was new to me. I feel strong mentally and also on the pitch. I want to prove myself.”
The stopper has been back in training since day one of pre-season after an easy summer spent relaxing in the States but will be working hard to beat Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward to the jersey.
However, the German is not shying away from this competition for a starting place.
“It’s good to have competition and good for the club to have three strong goalkeepers. I’m sure we’ll try to push each other in training. Everyone will try to be at their best,” he added.