Comments from Loris Karius today in the Liverpool Echo could suggest that the German is under pressure to perform or risk being replaced in the summer.
Since signing from Mainz in the summer before last, Loris Karius has spent a lot of his time at the club on the sidelines after a shaky start to his Liverpool career. Having made just 23 appearances for the club, it’s difficult to pass judgment on him as a player.
With Simon Mignolet not up to scratch either after what has been a poor five-year spell with the Reds by all accounts, Jurgen Klopp is prepared to splash the cash in the summer transfer window to sign a top class goalie.
Paul Joyce wrote in January that Jan Oblak and Alisson Becker are on Liverpool’s radar and although both would be really expensive, the Merseysiders are ready to spend big this summer.
Karius has ignored suggestions that Liverpool will be in the market for a new ‘keeper but it still seems like he is under pressure to perform to ensure he keeps his place in the side as the Reds’ no.1.
“If you read the press as a Liverpool player then every week we would have five new signings in every position,” Karius told the Liverpool ECHO.
“You can’t go crazy about the speculation. When I look at the training, I think we do have good quality already with the keepers.
“I think we’ve been a bit unlucky at times. Often you don’t have much to do. Then if you don’t do something 100% right it weighs a lot heavier than for other goalies at smaller clubs who have several more saves to make in a game. That’s life at a big club like Liverpool and you have to deal with it.”
As Karius has alluded to, he reads the papers and even if he doesn’t he must have an idea of the pressure he is under to perform at a club like Liverpool. I’m convinced that he’s playing to be the no.1 for next season and any mistakes between now and May will be costly.
Karius continued: “I just want to present myself well and then I’ll have the chance to play at this club for the next season as well.
“That’s the challenge facing me personally. I also want to help this team achieve as much as we can.
“As well as the top four, we still have the Champions League. We want to go forward in that and why not win it? There are lots of big aims for the rest of the season.”
Read the full interview with Loris Karius from the Liverpool Echo. He speaks about going in and out of the side and knowing his chance would come.