John Barnes argues that Liverpool supporters will back Loris Karius if Jurgen Klopp does and used Dejan Lovren as an example to argue his case.
There is no denying that Loris Karius made two huge mistakes in the Champions League final in Kiev which ultimately cost Liverpool the game and, by extension, a sixth European crown.
While two Massachusetts doctors examined the goalkeeper and found him to be concussed and have indicated that his poor performance could be a result of his head injury, supporters will still find it hard trusting the German game.
Karius does have priors, having spilled the ball against Bournemouth during the 2016/17 season, allowing Nathan Ake to score.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder John Barnes, however, reckons Liverpool fans could find themselves backing Karius again in the future.
“The good thing is the Liverpool fans love Jurgen Klopp so much that if Klopp backs him [Karius], the fans will back him,” Barnes told Talksport.
“It is the question as to whether he will have that confidence and that personality and that character to come back from the mistake.
“Look at Lovren against Tottenham, when he got hooked off after 29 minutes after not playing very well. Jurgen Klopp put him back in the team the very next game and the fans back him, because they love Jurgen so much they back his decisions.
“So it’s not a question of if the fans will back him; if Jurgen Klopp backs him the fans will back him.
“It’s a question of whether Karius has the character to come back after that.”
I personally cannot see supporters feeling safe with Karius in net. While fans at Anfield will always back him as part of the club’s ethos, there will always be doubt in the mind of each supporter watching him.
This lack of total trust and belief means that Karius can ill afford to make another mistake in his Liverpool career – otherwise, he’ll be crucified for it by the media and fans alike.