Don’t let the Miami sunshine fool you into thinking Loris Karius has travelled to America with relaxation as his sole purpose.
Liverpool’s no.1 has opted for a change of scenery amid the current international break to continue his training ahead of a defining stage of the season.
The German wasn’t named in his nation’s squad for their friendlies against Spain and Brazil, with Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Trapp taking up the three goalkeeping spots.
His absence serves as a reminder of Germany’s strength in depth between the sticks, with Germany’s regular no.1 Manuel Neuer currently nursing an injury.
Karius has been making wise use of his free time, maintaining his physical condition in more welcoming weather conditions across the pond.
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The 24-year-old has evidently also been enjoying the other side of America – and who can blame him?
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Stuttering progress following his arrival from Mainz in summer 2016 has started to iron out in recent months, with Karius responding well to Jurgen Klopp’s expression of faith in him.
A dose of athletic reaction saves has combined with glimpses of greater commandment in the box in offering encouragement to his chances of cementing a long-term starting role.
Room for improvement remains undisputed, but notable progress has evoked a notion of optimism among some Reds.
The remaining games of the season will not only decide Liverpool’s fate but also perhaps confirm what kind of role Karius will be playing at the club next year.