Jurgen Klopp: Why this Liverpool player’s performance didn’t surprise me
The Liverpool manager admitted that Loris Karius helped to keep the Reds
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Loris Karius’s commanding performance at Southampton didn’t come as a surprise to the Liverpool manager following their 1-0 loss at St Mary’s.
The Reds boss stuck with the German shot stopper for their trip to the south coast on Wednesday night in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final after the 23-year-old kept a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third-round clash on Sunday.
The Liverpool summer signing was unable to keep Southampton at bay, though, despite a good early save from Nathan Redmond after the ex-Norwich City midfielder finally made the breakthrough before half-time in the first-leg clash at Southampton.
The 18-time English champions could have lost by a greater margin but Karius produced a number of impressive saves in the second half to limit Southampton to one goal.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton, Klopp heaped praise on summer signing Karius.
“[He was] good. If we lose 3-0 or 4-0 then it could be much more difficult for the second game so yes, he kept us in the game, that’s how it is. That’s his job and I’m not too surprised that he was able to do it,” Klopp said.
“But actually, if your goalkeeper has to make saves like this then something else is wrong in the game and that was our problem tonight.”