Martin Keown warns Jurgen Klopp: Your goalkeepers might have trust issues
The Arsenal legend poses question about Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool goalkeepers
Martin Keown has warned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet could be lacking faith in their manager.
The 49-year-old opted to drop his summer signing for the Merseyside outfit’s trip to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night after Karius’ erratic performances in recent weeks.
The German shot stopper fumbled a shot to allow Nathan Ake to net a late winner in Bournemouth’s 4-3 victory over the 18-time English champions at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.
Karius was criticised for his failure to keep Dimitri Payet’s free-kick last weekend after Liverpool were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with the Hammers at Anfield on Sunday.
The 23-year-old was signed to rival Mignolet in Klopp’s starting line-up after the Belgium international’s calamitous performances in the Liverpool goal over the past few seasons.
Former Arsenal defender Keown warned that both Liverpool goalkeepers could be harbouring feelings of distrust after Klopp’s treatment of the shot stoppers in recent months.
“Klopp was right to leave out Loris Karius against Middlesbrough as his performances have not been good enough,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“I think Klopp will play Simon Mignolet in the Merseyside derby on Monday. He will have a lot of confidence from keeping a clean sheet against Middlesbrough.
“I do wonder if either player really trusts Klopp, though. Mignolet will have been hurt by being replaced in the summer while Karius was publicly defended by his manager then dropped.”
Liverpool moved to Karius in a £4.7m deal from Mainz in the summer.