By Emma Sanders

Liverpool goalkeeper, Loris Karius says he gets on well with Simon Mignolet despite the two competing for a position in the team.

The 23 year-old told the Daily Mail he wasn’t best friends with the Belgian keeper but they help each other off the pitch.

Since joining from Mainz in the summer for £4.7 million, Karius has made three appearances for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s decision to drop Mignolet was greeted with enthusiasm from Liverpool fans but with Karius still yet to prove himself, competition for the number one shirt has intensified.

“It’s not about being best friends but we get on well,” said Karius.

“On the pitch we know we are rivals but that doesn’t mean you wish anything bad on the other.

“It’s very professional and all in all we are a good group. We try to help each other if there is something we can do for the other one.”

Karius’ debut came later than planned due to the keeper picking up a hand injury in the pre-season campaign.

He was eventually handed his first league start against Hull and kept his place in the starting line-up for the clash with Swansea.

During the international break, Karius has remained at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground but his rival teammate hasn’t.

Mignolet traveled with the Belgium squad but on his return to Liverpool, is expected to sit out the game against Manchester United.

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