Noel Whelan was blown away by the desire and professionalism of Loris Karius to get back into the Liverpool set-up as the number two goalkeeper.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, applauded the 26-year-old for not dwelling on his Champions League final performance which was adjudged to have cost the Reds against Real Madrid in 2018.

The German shot-stopper is back at Anfield after terminating his two-year loan spell at Turkish side Besiktas last month after a pay dispute.

In an interview with Transfermarkt, Karius claimed that he will be Alisson’s deputy next season despite the presence of Adrian.

Alisson is the undisputed number one at Anfield and former West Ham goalie Adrian, 33, has being the club’s second choice this season and made 18 appearances in all competitions.

When asked by Football Insider if Karius had wrongly assumed the position of number two for next season, Whelan said: “Adrian has definitely impressed but he has also made mistakes – like Karius did.

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“The two of them are guilty of making horrendous mistakes.

“Karius has put that behind him. He is not dwelling on what he did in the past with the mistakes that he made.

“He thinks he is better than Adrian and thinks he will be the number two but he will have to prove himself again.

“I do enjoy a good scrap when it comes to people fighting for places. That is what you want to see, that professionalism. They have that desire to fight for a spot on the bench – fantastic.”

Karius said: “It makes no sense to say I’m leaving Liverpool for a worse club and I’m only the number two there.

“I’m not in a pressured situation at all, I don’t have to change – as the second goalkeeper in England you know that you get chances.”

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