ESPN pundit delivers scathing verdict on Liverpool regular
By Harvey Byrne
ESPN Pundit Shaka Hislop has labelled Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius as a “liability.”
The 23-year-old summer signing has failed to convince fans and pundits alike in his first 10 appearances for the club.
His displays were further called into question on Sunday, as he was powerless to stop his side from suffering a 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth.
One of his critics is former Premier League shot stopper Hislop, who doesn’t think that Karius is good enough for a club like Liverpool and that he is letting the team down.
“That’s an issue for Liverpool and has been an issue for a number of years,” started Hislop when asked specifically about the goalkeeper situation on ESPN. “Now Karius, though his numbers are better than Simon Mignolet’s, certainly this season in terms of goals against.
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“He doesn’t fill you with confidence and Mignolet you know is good for a big performance. He’s good for an error, but he’s good for a big performance.
“I don’t get that feeling with Karius, I don’t get the feeling in that he’s more level or consistent. I feel he’s proving a liability.”
Liverpool have struggled with goalkeepers since Pepe Reina fell out of form in the 2011-12 campaign.
Their only two current options are Karius and Mignolet, with 39-year-old Alex Manninger brought in to provide experience to the duo.
The German goalkeeper has been nominated as Jurgen Klopp’s number one and his stats do read better than Mignolet’s in the current campaign.
In Karius’ 10 appearances this season he has conceded 10 goals and kept four clean sheets in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Mignolet has nine goals conceded and just two clean sheets in eight fixtures in all competitions.
Liverpool are preparing to face struggling West Ham at Anfield on Sunday and Klopp could face a selection headache as to who he starts in goal.
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