David James makes bold prediction about Loris Karius and Liverpool
The former Liverpool number one has a warning for Loris Karius over his starting spot in Jurgen Klopp's side
David James has warned Loris Karius that he still isn’t an automatic starter at Liverpool despite his recent run of games.
The Germany Under-21 international was signed in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer transfer window as Klopp looked to improve his goalkeeping options at the Merseyside club.
However, Karius broke his right hand during a pre-season game in California which ruled the Liverpool number one out of action for the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Simon Mignolet retained his place in Klopp’s starting line-up for their opening five Premier League fixtures as Liverpool collected 10 points from a possible 15.
However, the Liverpool manager didn’t hesitate to hand Karius a starting berth upon the German’s return from a broken hand.
Speaking exclusively to The Sport Review, former Reds goalkeeper James warned Karius that he will have to share shot-stopping duty with Mignolet throughout the campaign.
“It’s interesting because there seems to be a lot of belief that Karius was brought in as a number one goalkeeper and the only reason why he didn’t start the season was because he got injured in pre-season, which wasn’t the case,” James told The Sport Review.
“Karius was brought in as a direct competitor for the position but there was no guarantee that he was going to start the season.
“I think for Jurgen to make the decision to play in him in the last three matches… he’s done that with every position since he’s been there.
“I don’t think anyone has started every game and had any given right to be the number one pick in any position.
“It gives Karius some confidence [but] I think the two of them will play a more shared number of games over the course of the season.”
Karius made his Premier League debut in Liverpool’s 5-1 win against Hull City at Anfield before the German was unconvincing in their 2-1 victory at Swansea City.
Liverpool kept their first clean sheet of the Premier League season with Karius in goal on Monday night when the Reds played out a goalless draw with Manchester United.
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