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Is Loris Karius the answer to Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems?

Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have been heavily criticised this season and last for being at fault for being too weak to play for Liverpool FC.

However, since a reported altercation between Mignolet and Jurgen Klopp, Karius has been playing regularly instead of swapping games with the Belgian.

Since the start of 2018, Karius has played all games for Liverpool apart from the New Years’ Day victory at Burnley and the 3-2 FA Cup loss to West Brom.

Since this run, Karius has kept seven clean sheets out of 14 games, conceding 11 goals, three of them in the thriller against Manchester City.

But now, with Karius looking like Liverpool’s number one, the Reds are now third in the Premier League and are 3-0 up in the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

It looked like Klopp would be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, but Karius now looks to be paying back the German manager for his faith in him.

Karius has two big games to prove himself further to the Anfield faithful, the Merseyside derby away at Goodison Park and the Champions League second leg at the Etihad.

The Reds have six games left to play before Klopp starts preparing for next season, where the goalkeeping position may not now be his priority.

Karius is still only 24 and has many years to play and has now proven himself and adapted to the English game following his difficult start.

It now looks like if Klopp were to bring in a new goalkeeper in the upcoming transfer window, it may be as a back up if Mignolet were to leave.

Who should be Liverpool’s Number one?

Over the past few seasons the goalkeeper position at Liverpool has proven to be a headache for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Klopp has two keepers to choose from- Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, both are yet to stake a claim to be the undisputed number one, after less than convincing displays last season.

Simon Mignolet had been Liverpool’s first choice for three seasons, but was yet to fully convince anyone he was good enough for the Reds. Upon Loris Karius’ arrival in the summer of 2016, big things were expected of the German born shot stopper, despite his modest £4.7 million transfer fee. Originally brought in to replace Mignolet, a preseason injury ruled him out for the opening stages of the season. When he returned his shaky displays meant he only lasted ten Premier League games, before he was dropped and Mignolet was reinstated for the rest of the campaign, and has remained first choice so far this season.

When you look into last seasons stats, Mignolet kept nine clean sheets, made fifty-three saves and conceded thirty goals in his twenty-eight Premier League games. Compared to Karius keeping three clean sheets, making twenty saves and conceding 12 goals in his 10 Premier League appearances.

However arguably the most important stat is that in his ten games, Karius made two errors leading to goals, whereas Mignolet only made one. This highlights a large flaw in Karius’ game, an unreliable goalkeeper is unlikely to ever be trusted with a number one spot at a top club.

Overall despite Mignolet’s obvious flaws he is the more reliable option out of the two, and when you add his sensational penalty saving ability (he has saved the same amount of penalties as Petr Cech, Peter Schmeichel and Thibaut Courtois combined-10) he must surely get the nod over Karius.