Loris Karius has admitted he doesn’t feel sorry for Simon Mignolet after getting ahead of the Belgian in the pecking order.
Jürgen Klopp now considers Loris Karius as his number one goalkeeper and has given the young German the opportunity to impress in a bid to prove Liverpool don’t need to sign another first choice goalkeeper this summer.
The German shot stopper is no stranger himself to being dropped from the Reds’ starting eleven having been removed from his starting berth after his last gasp error allowed today’s opponents, Bournemouth, to complete an incredible turnaround last season.
Mignolet had established himself as Klopp’s number one at the back end of last season, but after the former Sunderland keeper’s costly error at the Emirates against Arsenal it seems the Belgian has had his final chance.
Despite this, Karius insists he is only focusing on what he can do: “I cant feel sorry for him [Mignolet] and I’m sure he didn’t feel sorry for me when he was playing. That’s just the role of a goalkeeper. Our relationship is very professional and we don’t have any problems.”
Liverpool had previously been linked with Alison currently playing his football at the Reds’ UEFA Champions League semi-final opponents Roma, but since Karius returned to the Premier League line-up on a regular basis in December the former Mainz keeper has continued to go from strength to strength.
Since that 0-0 draw against West Brom at Anfield the former Mainz keeper has only conceded 11 goals in 13 Premier League appearances and in the process kept a respectable 7 clean sheets. Furthermore, Karius hasn’t made any significant errors leading to goals, whereas Mignolet has made two.
The arrival of Virgil Van Dijk has definitely been a major factor in Liverpool’s renowned defensive solidity, but without doubt this extended run in the team is definitely benefitting Karius and with each passing game the 24-year-old seems to improve.
Klopp will most likely shop around for a goalkeeper this summer, with Mignolet set to depart the club after five years, but with the rise of Karius in recent months it remains to be seen whether the player recruited will be someone who will usurp the German in between the sticks or have to play second fiddle.
Interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson has cooled after Karius’ surge in form and it is more likely that Liverpool will sign a back up goalkeeper to play second fiddle to Karius next season.