It looks as though Jurgen Klopp has stirred up the Loris Karius debate a little more by dropping the goalkeeper for Liverpool’s game against Middlesbrough.
Karius has been the centre of attention after recent errors against Bournemouth and West Ham cost Liverpool points, and criticism from pundits such as Gary Neville has only served to further speculation.
With Simon Mignolet set to replace him, it looks like Karius will have to win his place back.
A big call from Jurgen Klopp who has dropped Loris Karius from the Liverpool team that faces Middlesbrough tonight. Simon Mignolet comes in.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) December 14, 2016
Simon Mignolet set to start for Liverpool rather than Loris Karius— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) December 14, 2016
Liverpool’s recent goalkeeper history, ever since Pepe Reina, has been complicated.
For the third year in a row Liverpool No 1 dropped in December.— James Dutton (@jrgdutton) December 14, 2016
The question is: will Mignolet offer something different? The fans were divided.
Big call from Klopp dropping Karius tonight but it's the right decision. Mignolet the better bet on current form. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 14, 2016
Another issue seems to be that, having defended his goalkeeper from criticism, manager Klopp now seems to be sending mixed signals to Karius.
Sun: Neville criticises Karius.
Tues: Klopp criticises Neville for criticising Karius.
Wed: Klopp drops Karius.— bet365 (@bet365) December 14, 2016
Dropping Karius just proves everything the Neville brothers have been talking about might be true and crushes his confidence, big call— Dylan⁶ (@Dylucks) December 14, 2016
Let’s see if Boring James Milner can help diffuse the tension shall we?
I've just asked Loris Karius if he is upset that he's been dropped tonight. He said What do you think, James? I said I think you are.— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) December 14, 2016