As questions continued to be raised over the inconsistent Simon Mignolet, is it time for Klopp start the Karius in goal? Sam May takes a look.
The Reds current No.1. endured another tough time between the sticks last time out at home to the Premier League Champions, Leicester City. This was evident after the 28-year-old missed a cross and his failed to play the ball the out from the back quicker than expected.
The fashion now is playing out from the back is the way forward. With Claudio Bravo replacing Joe Hart at Manchester City, could Mignolet become the next Premier League goalkeeping casualty?
With just a passing success rate of 77%, this isn’t good enough for a Liverpool standard keeper. Klopp prefers a sweeper keeper, this is why he brought in the 2nd most rated goalkeeper in the Bundesliga last season for £4.5 million from from one of his former clubs, Mainz.
It was interesting to see Reds assistant manager, “the brain”, Željko Buvač wave his hands fervently from the new dug out at Mignolet against Leicester ,asking him to move the ball quicker from the back.
Perhaps it is wrong to replace the current shot stopper, who saved a Jamie Vardy low effort to keep the score at 3-1 and had made a number of crucial saves prior to last game.
He has made seven saves and kept no clean sheets so far in Liverpool’s four games this season. The Belgium stopper also has a 70% claim success, and 50% punch rate.
So should Karius start in goal tomorrow?
Chelsea will press – they are at home so the reds keeper – whoever it is – will not get the luxury of playing sweeper. The atmosphere will be intimidating as Chelsea are flying high, so maybe this is not the game to change the keeper position.
Karius will, no doubt be pushing for a start, but he will probably have to sit and bide his time – for now.