Liverpool’s recent transfer business since Jurgen Klopp took the helm in 2015 has generally been on the mark, with an impressive, title-winning squad amassed by Michael Edwards and Co.
One glaring mishap in Mark Lawrenson’s eyes, however, is that of Loris Karius from Mainz with the 28-year-old sadly at the centre of the Reds’ demise in their 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.
“They’re taking these really good players and turning them into outstanding and world-class players, and it’s a really good way of doing your business,” the former defender told Off The Ball. “I would say that apart from the goalkeeper he signed on a whim from Germany that cost us in the Champions League final, all of the players that he has signed, he’s improved them all and as a coach it doesn’t get any better than that.”
The goalkeeper took the blame for his involvement in the 3-1 defeat in which he was deemed at fault for Gareth Bale’s speculative effort and Karim Benzema’s opener.
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In the German’s defence, it was suggested that concussion may very well have played a role in his poor showing in the second-half after suffering a blow to the head from then Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos.
In truth, at the time, the ‘keeper was far from being perceived as a poor purchase having convinced Klopp of his superiority to Simon Mignolet and being given the nod for the club’s first final since 2007.
Alisson Becker, regardless, has been a tremendous upgrade, though we arguably shouldn’t blemish Karius’ prior outings for us with his performance against Madrid, costly as it was.
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