Ragnar Klavan started alongside Joel Matip for Liverpool on Tuesday and helped us keep a clean-sheet to boot.
The Estonian, who has over 100 caps to his name, also scored his maiden Liverpool goal, opening the scoring from close-range at the iPro Stadium.
Klavan’s been quick though to laud the goalkeeper who was also making his debut that evening, Loris Karius.
“I knew it already that in the Bundesliga he was a really good keeper,” the goalscorer told the Echo.
“He is always quick to come out. One time he came out really nicely when there was a one-v-one situation. He was there.
“We are moving forward as a whole team and as the last line we have to be higher and it is nice when you have a keeper who is able to come out like that.
“I can only say what he was like in the Bundesliga and what I have seen in training.
“He is good with his feet, he is quick coming out like you saw and he is not afraid to come out for high balls so in my eyes he is a really good keeper.”
Klavan’s comments probably indicate Klopp’s thinking, to us. In Karius, we have a keeper perfectly suited long-term to his way of thinking. The 23-year-old narrows the pitch for the opposition by coming so far out of his goal, as demonstrated with the clearance from Darren Bent.
The defender isn’t meaning to directly criticise Simon Mignolet, of course, but with comments suggesting Karius isn’t afraid t come for high balls, he inadvertently is.
Now, both stoppers face a wait to see who’s selected at the weekend for Hull City’s visit to Anfield. If Karius gets the nod, you’d have to suggest that’s Mignolet’s time as our first-choice keeper over.