Jurgen Klopp explains decision to drop Loris Karius for Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Middlesbrough

The Liverpool manager lifts the lid on his decision to start Simon Mignolet ahead of Loris Karius

Jurgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind his decision to drop Loris Karius for Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

The Germany shot stopper was left on the bench after the Liverpool manager restored his second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to his starting line-up.

Karius was heavily criticised for his performances against Bournemouth and West Ham United after the summer signing produced erratic displays in goal.

Adam Lallana scored either side of half-time to help Liverpool secure three points at the Riverside Stadium, while Divock Origi netted in his fifth successive game in all competitions.

Inevitably Klopp was asked about his decision to drop Karius in favour of Mignolet, and the Liverpool manager issued his backing for the German despite his decision to omit the 23-year-old.

“Life is not always the nicest but these are my boys and for me it is important to push them and protect them and sometimes I have to make decisions I don’t like. I know how strong Loris is, but he couldn’t show it in the last few games,” Klopp told BBC Sport.

“Judging him in this moment makes no sense. Simon Mignolet is on the bench and we have to have competition. It’s all about Liverpool. The boys have good character. Karius is still a great keeper.”

Liverpool hoisted themselves above Arsenal and into second place thanks to their 3-0 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

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The Reds finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in October 2015.

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