Liverpool legend explains why Jurgen Klopp will drop Loris Karius
Mark Lawrenson says Simon Mignolet is a better goalkeeper than Liverpool signing Loris Karius
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to drop Loris Karius for the visit of West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds suffered a disappointing 4-3 defeat by Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side at the Vitality Stadium last weekend despite twice holding a two-goal cushion against the Cherries.
Karius was heavily criticised for his part in two of Bournemouth’s goals as the Germany Under-21 shot stopper continues to underwhelm following his move to Liverpool from Mainz in the summer transfer window.
The Liverpool manager instated Karius as his first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Simon Mignolet after the Belgium international struggled for consistency in his first campaign under Klopp.
However, former Reds defender Lawrenson is tipping Klopp to restore the Belgian shot stopper to his starting line-up for the visit of West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
“Klopp has stuck his neck out with Loris Karius and said you are my number one and I just wonder now if he is privately thinking ‘what do I do now?’ because Simon Mignolet is a better goalkeeper, no question,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I think Klopp has to bring Mignolet back on Sunday and forget about how Karius might lose confidence if he is dropped. He might improve but at the moment he is just not good enough – we saw that against the Cherries.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of new leaders Arsenal after 14 games.
The Reds have only lost two Premier League games this term.