Jurgen Klopp’s response when asked if Loris Karius will return to Liverpool side

The Liverpool manager discusses when Loris Karius could return to the Reds side

Jurgen Klopp has refused to offer a timescale for Loris Karius’ return to the Liverpool side.

The Germany Under-21 international was relegated to the bench on Wednesday night after Klopp preferred to start with Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool side for their trip to Middlesbrough.

Karius has been heavily criticised for his erratic performances in the Liverpool team in recent weeks following a 4-3 loss at Bournemouth and a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

Mignolet managed to keep a clean sheet at the Riverside Stadium as Adam Lallana scored either side of half-time and Divock Origi netted his fifth goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Middlesbrough.

Klopp made Karius his number one goalkeeper after the 23-year-old moved to Liverpool in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz in the summer transfer windiow.

However, the Liverpool boss appeared to suggest that Mignolet will continue in his starting line-up for the foreseeable future.

“No, that’s not how football works. I didn’t tell him,” Klopp told his post-match media conference on Wednesday night.

“Now it is Simon’s chance. I am really happy with our goalkeeper situation. We have these two really, really good goalkeepers; a very experienced Alex Manninger, who is a wonderful person; three outstanding really young goalkeepers.

“The goalkeeping situation at Liverpool is really good so that’s why I said there is no reason to push one through, we want to develop the players. We are fine with our boys.

“Loris is still very young, he is a big, big goalkeeping talent and everything will be good in the end but there is no timeframe for when he will be back.”

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Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Chelsea.

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