Kevin Phillips has tipped Loris Karius to replace Adrian as second-choice goalkeeper at Liverpool next season.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the German shot-stopper is “a better goalkeeper” than his Spanish counterpart.

The 26-year-old is coming to the end of his two-year loan spell at Besiktas and is set to return to Anfield this summer.

Karius revealed to Bild that he has been in regular with Jurgen Klopp whilst in Turkey.

The keeper has not played for the Reds since the infamous Champions League final in which he was seen to be at fault for two of Real Madrid’s three goals in a 3-1 loss.

The arrival of Alisson in the summer of 2018 appeared a bad omen for the German.

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Phillips suggested Klopp may utilise Karius as back up for the Brazilian give Adrian’s struggles of late.

“I think he is probably a better second choice,” he told Football Insider.

“Adrian has come in this season, had a couple of good performances and shown that he can do a job. But yes, he made a couple of mistakes before the break.

“I would say Karius is a better goalkeeper. I think Karius has shown that he is a good goalkeeper and I think Klopp would prefer him to be Alisson’s understudy next season.”

Karius, who still has two years left on his contract at Anfield, is reportedly being targeted by Wolves this summer with Nuno Espirito Santo hoping to seal a £7million deal.

The goalkeeper is in the midst of a dispute with his loan club Besiktas after he filed a complaint to FIFA over unpaid wages in regards to last month.

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