Thursday 14 December 2017

Recalled Karius will be better for axe - Klopp

Loris Karius is set to return for Liverpool against Plymouth tomorrow. Photo: PA Wire
Loris Karius is set to return for Liverpool against Plymouth tomorrow. Photo: PA Wire

Loris Karius gets the chance to re-start his Liverpool career tomorrow after manager Jurgen Klopp admits he was forced to take the goalkeeper out of the firing line because of the intense scrutiny he was under.

The 23-year-old summer signing replaced Simon Mignolet as first-choice in late September but after 10 unconvincing league matches he was dropped after being criticised for mistakes in the 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth and 2-2 draw at home to West Ham.

Mignolet has impressed since his recall but Karius will be back in the side for the FA Cup third round visit of League Two Plymouth.

"Big chance," Klopp when asked about the chances of his fellow German playing. "It is difficult to speak about these things in public because you make it a big story and that is part of the problem.

"But we cannot ignore the pressure you (media) make. We have to cope with it and deal with it and that is why we made the change. I am sure Loris will benefit from this step back or step aside. It was good for him.

"Simon has done an outstandingly good job since he has been playing again... we have two really good goalkeepers."

Another player guaranteed a start tomorrow is Joe Gomez, who has yet to feature in Klopp's first team after sustaining a serious knee injury while on England U-21 duty days after the German took over in October 2015.

There will be a number of other changes, with youngsters to be given a chance as senior players are rested after a hectic festive period, and with the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final at Southampton.

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