Jamie Carragher: Why Man United man can’t be used as excuse for Liverpool signing
Jamie Carragher isn't happy about comparisons between Liverpool signing Loris Karius and Manchester United number one David De Gea
Jamie Carragher admits he is tired of comparisons being made between David De Gea’s start to his Manchester United career and Liverpool signing Loris Karius.
The Germany Under-21 international produced another disappointing performance as the Reds drew 2-2 with West Ham United in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Karius has lacked assuredness and composure in the Liverpool goal since his £4.7m move to the 18-time English champions from Bundesliga side Mainz in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old shot stopper’s mistake allowed Nathan Ake to score an added-time winner at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month as Liverpool lost 4-3 to Bournemouth.
Karius’ start to life as a Liverpool player has been likened to De Gea’s uncertain first season in the Premier League following his £18m move to Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
However, Liverpool legend Carragher doesn’t believe De Gea’s situation is applicable to Karius.
“People keep talking about David De Gea. He was 19 or 20 [when he arrived at Manchester United], he [Karius] is 23,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Four or five years is a big difference in a goalkeeper in terms of maturity and games played. Any goalkeeper that comes in and makes a few mistakes, people say ‘what about De Gea?’, but you can’t say that about every goalkeeper.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table.