Klopp names Liverpool's number 1

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Loris Karius will be Liverpool’s number one in our fixture against Hull City on Saturday.

 

The young German stopper has beaten Mignolet to the position, despite the Belgian making a sturdy start in goal with strong performances against Tottenham and Leicester, meaning Karius will make his first Premier League appearance for the Reds in front of the newly momentous Anfield crowd tomorrow afternoon. The Belgian had hoped to return to the side after sitting the midweek EFL Cup game out. The Echo reports that the two goalkeepers were informed about the decision by Klopp in training at Melwood on Friday.

Mignolet has faced stern criticism in the past, and Karius was brought in the summer to offer healthy competition to the Belgian No. 2. Karius was even tipped to start the season in goal before he broke his hand in pre season against Chelsea.

Klopp was coy when questioned about who would start against Hull, but hinted at the decision not being longstanding.

He said

“Let’s go through a few different kinds of ways in which we could see it. Do we say OK, Loris had the game against Derby. Was it a real game for a keeper? Not really, so give him a home game for example. What would this mean for Simon? It could mean nothing.

“We could say there’s an international break coming up so give Loris a home game plus Swansea away, and then both have had the chance to show what they are. It’s not in doubt, it’s not a test.

“We have two very strong goalkeepers and we think about how they can perform and how specific skills can help the team. That’s what I have to decide. In the end it’s 100% positive, Liverpool FC will have a very strong goalkeeper on Saturday between the posts.”

Karius so far seems to be the fan favourite, and has earned himself a platform from which he can begin to cement his place in Klopp’s side.

See Karius make his debut tomorrow at 3pm!

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