Jurgen Klopp will stick with Loris Karius in goal tonight for the visit of Manchester United to Anfield.
That’s according to James Pearce in the Echo.
The young German stopper has started our past three matches after arriving in the summer from Mainz, but has hardly covered himself in glory yet. Last time out against Swansea he was uncertain off his line, and nearly conceded at the death when he failed to deal with a cross that he should have.
Klopp though has jumped to his defence.
“It was only once (when he didn’t come off his line at Swansea) actually,” Klopp said, reported in the Echo.
“We have analysed that. It was only the last situation really.
“Whichever goalkeeper I choose unfortunately he will not be totally free of mistakes and that’s the way it is. That’s the game and that’s no problem.
“But it’s about giving the boys the best feeling and the biggest support to perform at their best and that’s what we do.
“My job is to create an atmosphere where single mistakes are not really important. That’s how it is in this case and we will see on Monday how my decision was.
“It’s difficult but from my point of view it’s a luxury problem,” Klopp continued when asked about he battle for the no.1 jersey.
“It’s a decision between two very strong goalkeepers. I can’t handle the goalkeeping position like I handle all the other positions. I can’t say: ‘Today you, tomorrow you’, like I may with a defender or full-back or striker. It’s not possible. I respect this so I will make my decision.”
If Karius faced a difficult time against Swansea, he can expect it all over again, with the rangy Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to lead the line. Jose Mourinho’s side will deliver longer balls into the box and we’ll need a commanding stopper to alleviate the issue.
Liverpool haven’t registered a Premier League clean-sheet yet and this would be a fantastic time to start. We’ve not played a fixture for 16 days due to the international break and with it being a Mourinho managed United side, the atmosphere is going to be incredible.
Hopefully, our boys will be able to handle it.