Liverpool legend makes prediction about Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet
Mark Lawrenson believes Jurgen Klopp could drop Loris Karius for Liverpool's clash against West Ham
Mark Lawrenson believes Jurgen Klopp could bring in Simon Mignolet to replace Loris Karius when Liverpool take on West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit suffered a 4-3 loss to Bournemouth last weekend as the 18-time English champions lost to the Cherries for the first time in their history.
Karius was criticised for his performance in Liverpool’s seven-goal thriller after the goalkeeper’s poor handling led to Nathan Ake’s winner at the Vitality Stadium.
The 23-year-old shot stopper was signed in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz in the summer transfer window as Klopp looked to bolster his goalkeeping options.
Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper Mignolet has been limited to appearances in the EFL Cup since Karius’ return from a broken hand.
Speaking to BBC Sport’s Football Focus show, Lawrenson admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Mignolet come into Klopp’s starting line-up at the expense of Karius.
“The manager has done this before with Alberto Moreno when he was coming in for an awful lot of criticism – Quite rightly too because he cost them lots of goals and games,” Lawrenson said.
“He played him the next week but then left him out. We haven’t really seen him since. I wonder whether he might be doing the same with Karius. Mignolet isn’t a top goalkeeper but he’s better than Karius.”
Liverpool will host West Ham United in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.