David James gives his verdict on Liverpool goalkeeper battle
By Harvey Byrne
David James has hailed Jurgen Klopp’s summer signings and claimed the club two very capable goalkeepers for the first time in years.
The BT Sport pundit played for Liverpool for seven years totalling 280 appearances before eventually leaving for Aston Villa in a £1.8million move.
The 53-time capped England international is now looking forward to the battle for the No1 spot between Simon Mignolet and new signing Loris Karius.
“I like the signings Jurgen Klopp has made,” said James to the Liverpool Echo. “And my favourite of the signings is Loris Karius.
“Either Simon becomes the goalkeeper I think he’s capable of being, which is top drawer, or Karius overtakes him and he in turn becomes the goalkeeper he’s capable of being, which is also top drawer.
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“Dare I say, for the first time in many years it looks like Liverpool have got themselves two very capable goalkeepers.”
Karius joined Klopp’s side this summer for £4.7million and was expected to start ahead of current number one Simon Mignolet in the Reds’ first game of the season.
However, the 23-year-old broke his hand after a collision with team-mate Dejan Lovren during the Reds pre-season defeat against Chelsea in the US last week.
The goalkeeper updated fans on his personal Twitter page on Tuesday with the news that he had undergone successful hand surgery, but there hasn’t yet been any indication to when the goalkeeper will return.
The Reds’ past backup options include Adam Bogdan, Brad Jones and Doni.
In other Liverpool team news, Galatasaray claim they have reached an agreement with the Reds to sign Lucas.