Mark Lawrenson has shown very little support for a struggling Liverpool player, despite having once been one himself, by laying the boot into Loris Karius.
The pundit reckons Jurgen Klopp must drop the German and bring back Simon Mignolet for Sunday’s West Ham clash, following the four goals we conceded at Bournemouth last weekend.
Two of the goals were Karius’s fault, but the capitulation was very much a team one – not helped by the shambolic defending from experienced pros in front of him.
But Lawrenson is adamant that Mignolet is actually the better keeper right now and that Liverpool would be foolish to stick with the 23-year-old.
“Klopp has stuck his neck out with Loris Karius and said you are my number one and I just wonder now if he is privately thinking ‘what do I do now?’ because Simon Mignolet is a better goalkeeper, no question,”
Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I think Klopp has to bring Mignolet back on Sunday and forget about how Karius might lose confidence if he is dropped.
“He might improve but at the moment he is just not good enough – we saw that against the Cherries.”
There’ll be some fans who agree with Lawrenson, but these will be the same ones slaughtering Mignolet earlier in the campaign. The 28-year-old has had three years to prove himself, so Karius deserves longer than three months.
His confidence will be knocked right now, but if he has Klopp’s backing, he has ours.
Hopefully, he can register another clean-sheet and silence the doubters.