By Matt Farr
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Middlesbrough to support under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The German keeper has made a number of costly errors this season, which has seen Liverpool drop valuable points.
Karius’ positioning was at fault for Dimitri Payet’s free-kick in the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday, while he spilled Steve Cook’s long-range effort into the path of Nathan Ake to gift Bournemouth a late 4-3 win at Anfield the week before.
His shaky start to his Liverpool career has led many fans to call for the return of Simon Mignolet to the starting line-up, and manager Jurgen Klopp has a decision to make when his side take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
He can either reinstate Mignolet as no.1 and prioritise defensive improvements, or show his support to his under-fire goalkeeper by giving him a chance to redeem himself.
However, a large group of Liverpool fans – who believe the criticism of Karius is undeserved – have tried to influence Klopp’s decision on Twitter.
Here are some of their messages:
Stick with Karius, throw in BalaKlavan for Dejan. If Can is fit enough slap him in for Ginni, need that extra defensive cover. 3pts, boom.
— Klopp_It! (@Klopp_it) December 14, 2016
Karius having to prove fans and pundits wrong while remaining in the spotlight. Hopefully he can come through it and prove his quality.
— Leanne (@_lfcleanne) December 14, 2016
Karius was BOSS in the Bundesliga last year I’ve heard from ppl I trust & was only 2nd to the world’s best.
Hope he can show that form w.us
— Kop-Ice (@kopice86) December 14, 2016
I think it’s the harsh criticism of Karius is unfair. The kid deserves a chance. De Gea took a whole season before he began to play well.
— Chris Best (@FriskyFirmino) December 14, 2016
Karius was ranked ahead of keepers such as Sommer, Leno, Horn, Fahrmann, Hitz, Adler & Baumann last season. I’m prepared to give him time.
— Samuel Adams (@SamuelAdams89) December 14, 2016
Despite all the criticisms, time to back Karius tonight. #LFC
— Apurv (@VerruecktesTor) December 14, 2016
hope Karius can put in a decent performance tonight ??
— Coutinhoooo (@Jakeeesamuel) December 14, 2016
— Zubin Daver (@zubinofficial) December 14, 2016
Let’s get behind Karius tonight!
— Ryan Carroll (@Ryan96Carroll) December 14, 2016
If Karius does start for Liverpool tonight, there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders. One more mistake and he could well be facing the chop. Klopp wants to support his players, but has to be wary of the club’s form and progress in the league at the same time.
Liverpool can overtake second-placed Arsenal with a win at the Riverside, and move within touching distance of league leaders Chelsea if the league leaders don’t win at Sunderland.
In other Liverpool news, fans are delighted that this long-term absentee could be set to return to the matchday squad.