Former Liverpool goalkeeper defends Loris Karius after Jamie Carragher criticism

Chris Kirkland defends Liverpool summer signing Loris Karius

Chris Kirkland has jumped to the defence of Liverpool signing Loris Karius after the goalkeeper’s error in Sunday afternoon’s 4-3 defeat by Bournemouth.

The Germany Under-21 international moved to the Anfield outfit in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer transfer window.

Karius was handed the Liverpool number one shirt after his summer transfer and has started the last eight Premier League games.

However, the summer signing has struggled to convince since usurping Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.

Karius endured an erratic 90 minutes at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon after the shot stopper spilled a save to allow Nathan Ake to net an added-time winner.

Former Liverpool shot stopper Kirkland felt his former team-mate Jamie Carragher’s criticism of Karius has been unfair for Bournemouth’s winner.

“He’s only played seven or eight games. Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have never liked goalkeepers. They have always hammered goalkeepers,” Kirkland told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Jamie Carragher used to give me a lot of stick. I remember Gary Neville criticising David De Gea in his first season. He was getting lambasted. Now he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“Yes Karius should have saved it [Ake’s winner]. It was a mistake. But for me, those are the hardest shots to save.”

Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and four points behind leaders Chelsea after 14 games.

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The Reds will host Slaven Bilic’s struggling West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

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