By Dominic Toner
Liverpool’s new signing Alex Manninger has hailed fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius as one of Europe’s best.
The pair both joined Anfield this summer to compete with Belgian Simon Mignolet for a starting position, and the 23-year-old Karius is tipped to push him this season.
Manninger told the Echo: “I’m happy to have him in the squad because I know he will do his job at 100%.
“He did brilliantly for Mainz in the last couple of seasons. He’s probably one of the best modern goalkeepers in Europe around at the moment. I think Liverpool did great to get him in his early days because there is a lot still left in him and he has lots of potential to show for a long, long time.”
The German joined the Merseyside club this summer for £4.7million, although he did not get off to the best of starts in the pre-season game against Wigan.
Karius, who signed for Mainz in 2012 from Manchester City, played 34 times in the Bundesliga in 2015-16, conceding 42 times as the Germans secured an impressive sixth place finish.
The Liverpool manager has close ties with Mainz having managed the club from 2001 to 2008 before taking over at Borussia Dortmund.
The former Germany Under-21 goalkeeper will wear the vacant number one jersey vacated by Brad Jones.
Veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger will likely be relied upon as a third option in goal after the 39-year-old joined Liverpool on a free transfer on Friday.
In other Liverpool team news, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed where new signing Georginio Wijnaldum could play this season.