Liverpool’s keeper coach John Achterberg is happy with new signing Loris Karius’s first week at the club.
We acquired the 23-year-old from Mainz at the beginning of summer, and the German will likely make his non-competitive debut versus Tranmere this evening.
He’s been training with his new team-mates for a week now, with pre-season beginning last Saturday, and it’s fair to say the man watching his progress most closely has been impressed.
“He is pretty confident in his ability, he’s calm, has good reactions and reads situations well – so it’s all positive,” Achterberg told Liverpoolfc.com.
“You watch a lot of videos on the boys before they come in and when they arrive, in training we try to do everything that’s needed.
“You look at the good things, things that could be better and then you talk to him and the manager and that’s how it works.”
“The most important [thing] is the training, so they get all the ideas of how we want to play and what the roles and responsibilities are for each individual in their position,” he added.
“That’s what we’ve been practising on the training pitch, that’s what we’ll do in the next few weeks, and hopefully we can bring it in the friendly games to make sure it all works perfectly.”
It seems that currently Karius is being adapted into a ‘Liverpool’ goalkeeper, who understands the tactics his manager wants to deploy. Hopefully this won’t see him go the way of the man he’s competing with for a starting berth, Simon Mignolet, who committed too many blunders last term for fans to have any confidence in him whatsoever.
The Belgian is still holidaying following his participation at the Euros, so for now – Karius will get minutes between the sticks.
Having so far only seen highlights, we cannot wait to see him properly in action.