Ray Parlour: This Arsenal legend told me he struggled like Liverpool signing
The former Arsenal midfielder reveals that Jens Lehmann has sympathy for Liverpool's Loris Karius
Ray Parlour has revealed that Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann can sympathise with Liverpool signing Loris Karius’ tough start to life in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old shot stopper moved to Liverpool in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz 05 in the summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp looked to improve his goalkeeping options.
Karius has replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper but has struggled for consistency much like the Belgium international over the past couple of seasons.
However, the German was dropped for Wednesday’s win at Middlesbrough.
The Germany shot stopper has been heavily criticised in recent weeks following erratic performances against Bournemouth and West Ham United as Liverpool dropped points in the title race.
Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Karius needs more time to settle in after the German’s difficult start to life in the Premier League.
“He has made mistakes. He’s 23. It’s tough,” Parlour told Sky Sports News HQ.
“When you come into a top club like Liverpool, you’re always going to need time to bed in. I was speaking to Jens Lehmann and he said when he came to the Premier League, he couldn’t believe the intensity of the games.
“Karius will learn that. Klopp has done right by sticking by his player.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in October 2015.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title despite finishing in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.