Peter Schmeichel has made a bizarre claim regarding the reputation Loris Karius arrived at Liverpool with.
The Premier League goalkeeping legend is seemingly just as bemused by the position of the club’s two main shot-stoppers as the supporters are.
Whilst acknowledging Simon Mignolet’s drastic improvement, Schmeichel also touched on the inconsistent use of Karius since he signed from Mainz.
“I agree that the goalkeeping situation is very confusing, he brought Karius in – who comes in with a reputation of being very very close in quality to Neuer, he’s just behind him – no one can beat Neuer but this guy is just behind him,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“He plays a few games doesn’t play well and he has to go back to Mignolet, who is actually playing okay.”
“I think he (Mignolet) has improved. I think the knocks he has taken in his career is making him better goalkeeper, but he is not that guy who actually controls the back four.”
“He’s not that guy that saves them 10/12 points. He will save them points, but he also gives points away.”
Jurgen Klopp’s decision to make Karius his Champions League goalkeeper understandably raised eyebrows following the crucial role Mignolet played in helping the club qualify for the competition at the end of last season.
Karius was highly-regarded in Germany before joining Liverpool, but it is bold to suggest he was close to Manuel Neuer in the pecking order.
A series of nervy performances have seen the 24-year-old experience a tough start to life on Merseyside and fail to hold down a place as Klopp’s first choice.
He came under pressure yet again on Tuesday night after failing to keep out Spartak Moscow’s free-kick during Liverpool’s 1-1 Champions League draw.
It’s fair to say he has someway to go before being spoken of in the same breathe as Neuer.