By Alex Stevens
Loris Karius made his long-awaited Liverpool debut on Tuesday night – and fans took to Twitter to commend his solid display.
The summer signing from Mainz was handed his first appearance against Derby in the EFL Cup and kept a clean sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-0 to secure a smooth passage to the last-16 of the competition.
The inclusion of the goalkeeper was the most notable of the seven changes made by Klopp from the team that won 2-1 at Chelsea on Friday night.
Karius replaced Simon Mignolet in goal after recovering from the hand injury that had sidelined him in the first six weeks of the campaign as he was given his first opportunity to prove that he can provide some of the defensive stability that has too often been missing from the team in recent seasons.
Liverpool supporters were impressed with Karius’ distribution from the back and, despite one flap from a corner, many urged Klopp to select him ahead of Mignolet for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Hull.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Has anyone noticed but Karius kicking is awesome… he is actually picking out passes… but mignolet 😢 #LFC Karius!! No1
— Dr. Adegbite Adebola (@aeleo92) September 20, 2016
I like the way Karius clears the ball.
You know, up the field.
Away from danger.
— Lee (@Lee_Goff) September 20, 2016
Karius is so full of confidence. Plays like an outfield player with the positions he takes up, always offering himself up for a pass. #lfc
— Nick Law LFC (@nickglaw91) September 20, 2016
— Mark Jones (@markdjones7) September 20, 2016
— Klopp-tastic (@1club1loveLFC) September 20, 2016
Can Karius start ahead of Mignolet now ?? #LFC
— Noémie (@lapizynwa) September 20, 2016
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