John Aldridge: Why Liverpool need to get behind Jurgen Klopp’s summer signing

The Liverpool legend wants the club's supporters to keep faith with summer signing Loris Karius

John Aldridge says Liverpool supporters need to get behind Jurgen Klopp’s decision to make Loris Korius the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The Germany Under-21 made his third consecutive Premier League start on Monday night as Liverpool played out a disappointing goalless draw with bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

Karius had little to do during the 90 minutes but he drew criticism from Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville after he flapped at a Paul Pogba cross and miscued a routine pass to his team-mate Dejan Lovren.

The 23-year-old shot stopper moved to Liverpool in a £4.7m deal from from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer transfer window and the former Manchester City youth goalkeeper was handed the number one shirt.

While Aldridge felt experienced Simon Mignolet should have started against Jose Mourinho’s side, the former Liverpool legend believes the club’s fans must show their support for Karius given Klopp’s faith in the signing.

“Jurgen Klopp has clearly made his decision on who is going to be Liverpool goalkeeper for the foreseeable future,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“He said that he’d assess both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet before the international break and then choose, and Karius is the man in possession of the gloves.

“Fans will be split over it – I said last week Mignolet should start against United – but now it’s time to get behind Karius.

“We have to let him get on with it. Now is the time for him to gain confidence, because there’s no doubt he had the jitters on Monday.

“Mind you, he had so little to do that I could have probably played in goal and kept a clean sheet.”

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Liverpool will host West Bromwich Albion in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday evening.

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