Jürgen Klopp defended Loris Karius’ actions after he made another blunder in goal in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers.
When Karius made two terrible mistakes in the Champions League final, supporters were furious and the last month and a half has been a process of trying to forgive the German even if forgetting is not an option.
Dave Maddock’s revelation last week that Klopp will be sticking with the former Mainz man was met with more anger but most fans decided if the manager was willing to be patient, then they would be too.
Already, however, Klopp has been made to look foolish for thinking Karius can overcome his failures as the 25-year-old failed to deal with a sweetly struck strike against Tranmere, allowing the Rovers to score from the rebound.
After the pre-season friendly, Klopp was quick to defend his goalkeeper and while I expect nothing less from him, I really hope it’s not an indication that Karius will continue between the sticks next season.
Klopp said Karius “could” have saved the shot, but that it was “not easy to deal with”.
“Let’s carry on and make the best of all these situations by learning from them,” said Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager added that he believes that Karius will continue to be criticised until “he has a few fantastic games”.
As Jack Hallows wrote in his column for Rousing the Kop today, I really want to see Karius succeed and become a world-class goalkeeper capable of guiding Liverpool to silverware but he simply isn’t that guy.
While spending €70 million on Alisson isn’t great business sense, Klopp needs a better shot-stopper in his side to have any chance of winning trophies with the Reds next season.
As it stands, however, it really doesn’t seem like the German fancies any of the ‘keepers on the market and as we all know, he’s not one to spend for the sake of it but would rather wait for the right man to become available.