Loris Karius: We take a few risks, but we know where we can do better in defence

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius insists that his team's defence should not be the sole focus for why they concede goals - pointing out taking risks usually pays dividends.

The defence has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, having kept just two clean sheets in 10 matches, but Karius insists the blame should not be placed solely on the back four, and in particular the two centre-halves whomever they may be.

Instead he put it down to the risks manager Jurgen Klopp asks them to take in harnessing an attacking ethos, referring to a "collective failure" when it came to conceding goals.

"We've scored a few goals up front and conceded a few but I don't think that is just down to the defence," said Karius, who is back in goal as Klopp's preferred choice for Champions League games.

"We take a few risks and it works well for us in most of the games.

"We know we can defend better and we practise in training. We know where we can do better in defence. There are no worries."

Karius intends to use his Champions League chance to prove to Klopp he is good enough to be contesting for a regular place.

The German has been given the responsibility for all the Reds' European games after Klopp decided Simon Mignolet would be his Premier League goalkeeper.

Karius' first outing saw him concede twice as Sevilla scored a late equaliser at Anfield a fortnight ago, although neither goal was his fault.

He will make his second appearance in Russia against Spartak Moscow and is determined to seize every opportunity.

"I want to prove to him (Klopp) I want to play in the Premier League but for now I use this game and then also I'll hopefully be involved again, that is my goal for the future.

"It is good healthy competition. If you are at a big club like this you know there is competition.

"I see this as a chance when I get to play to show myself to the manager and use the Champions League as a chance for myself to show I am ready for the competition.

"But I am happy to play in this competition, it is something you dream of as a footballer."


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