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Loris Karius admits Liverpool’s stature mounts an added pressure on the club’s goalkeepers to succeed from the off.
The German has endured an difficult start to life on Merseyside since his arrival from Mainz in 2016, although recently managed to overtake Simon Mignolet as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper.
His mission has since become convincing Jurgen Klopp to sway away from investing in a new goalkeeper when the summer transfer window opens.
“If you read the press as a Liverpool player then every week we would have five new signings in every position. You can’t go crazy about the speculation,” Karius said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“When I look at the training, I think we do have good quality already with the keepers. I think we’ve been a bit unlucky at times.”
“Often you don’t have much to do. Then if you don’t do something 100 per cent right it weighs a lot heavier than for other goalies at smaller clubs who have several more saves to make in a game.”
“That’s life at a big club like Liverpool and you have to deal with it.”
Karius has offered little in the way of encouragement nor has he provided enough evidence to suggest he is capable of taking the Reds forward.
Minor signs of improvement have been on display in recent weeks, but his stuttering progress remains cause for concern heading into a potentially defining year for Klopp’s reign on Merseyside.
Rumours linking the club to Roma’s Alission continue to circulate alongside suggestions Liverpool will spend big to address a position that has so often hindered them in recent years.
Karius faces the most testing and undoubtedly most important five months of his career so far.