Tuesday 20 February 2018

Liverpool's new goalkeeper is going the extra mile to remove Simon Mignolet from the starting team

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Liverpool have been pretty busy in the transfer market so far, welcoming four major new faces to Anfield ahead of the new season.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius, defender Joel Matip, midfielder Marko Grujic and forward Sadio Mane have all been signed by Jurgen Klopp in the German manager's first summer transfer window, but it is arguably the arrival of the German shot-stopper that has fans most excited.

The patchy form of current number one Simon Mignolet is a constant source of consternation for anybody associated with the Reds, and there is no doubt that the purchase of Karius was made with a view to replacing the Belgian keeper.

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With Mignolet wearing the number 22 jersey, Karius has been handed the number one shirt, which could potentially be his position on the pecking order after the new buy made an important decision regarding his pre-season preparation.

Karius was hotly tipped to be included in Germany's Olympic squad for the Rio games in August, although his participation would have seen him absent for Liverpool's first two Premier League encounters against Arsenal and Burnley.

However, after consulting with his club manager and national team coaches, Karius has decided to stay in Liverpool and battle with Mignolet for a berth in the starting team.

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Karius spoke bullishly to the Liverpool FC website about his hopes for the season ahead.

"I spoke with the manager and we said that it didn't make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them," Karius explained.

"We agreed together I wouldn't be going. First I spoke with Jürgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It's more important that I am available for the start of the season.

"I wouldn't come here to sit on the bench. That doesn't make sense. I'm not a 'keeper who hasn't shown his ability. I'm a good goalkeeper and I've shown that a lot.

"I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn't sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn't have done it."

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