Loris Karius to challenge Alisson for Liverpool starting berth

Loris Karius to challenge Alisson for Liverpool starting berth
Loris Karius to challenge Alisson for Liverpool starting berth

German keeper Loris Karius has vowed to push Alisson for the starting berth at Liverpool.

Karius was on loan in Turkey this season, and he is set to return to Anfield next season. The German is now willing to take up the challenge of being the number two keeper at Liverpool.

Klopp brought him to Liverpool back in 2017, and he managed to impress initially. However, his disastrous showing in the Champions League final against Real Madrid left his Liverpool career in tatters. 

The keeper was shipped out on loan, and he has not been at this best since then. Karius struggled in Turkey as well, and it will be interesting to see how he performs next season at Anfield. 

Alisson is the first choice keeper at the club and Karius will need to improve massively to displace the Brazilian keeper.

The Brazilian is arguably the best keeper in the world right now, and it won’t be easy getting starts ahead of him.

However, Karius’ mentality is commendable. 

“Of course I have to be playing if I change clubs,” Karius told Transfermarkt. “It makes no sense to say I’m leaving Liverpool for a worse club and I’m only number two there. But I’m not in a pressure situation at all; I don’t have to change.

“I can accelerate in training at Liverpool. As the second-choice goalkeeper in England, you know that you get your chances.

“I am currently at the best club in the world, who are competing for trophies, and I have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be in Liverpool. I have great conditions there.

“I want to stay healthy and play at a high level for as long as possible. Of course, as a footballer, I want to win one or two trophies. I want to get the best possible performance out of myself.

“It is the same with Liverpool, where I am the challenger. When I am asked, I am there to perform and help the team. No matter whether as No. 1 or No. 2, I will always do my best.”