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16th Dec, 2016 | 10:31am

Jan Molby: Liverpool 23-year-old will be first-team regular

By Will Butcher

Jan Molby is adamant that Loris Karius will be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper in the future.

The 23-year-old was axed by Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday night against Middlesbrough after two high-profile errors against Bournemouth and West Ham.

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Molby claimed that despite a poor start to his Anfield career he believes the German will be the Reds’ number one in the future.

“For me, the Karius situation has been unnecessarily built up in some quarters,” Molby said. “Maybe Jurgen is feeling that by taking him out of the spotlight he’s protecting him for the long term.

“I don’t have any doubt that Karius is Liverpool’s No.1 for the future. He was signed for that, and he will become that.”

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Karius, a £4.7million signing from Bundesliga outfit Mainz in the summer, fumbled a weak strike against Bournemouth at the feet of defender Nathan Ake who tapped in earlier this month.

The goal saw Liverpool lose their first game in 16 matches, as Eddie Howe’s Cherries won 4-3.

With the spotlight firmly on him, Karius then failed to keep out a Dimitri Payet free-kick despite getting a firm hand on the ball during the Reds 2-2 draw to West Ham.

A feud with pundits Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher – who all criticised him publically – launched him into the centre of media attention, before Jurgen Klopp defended his summer signing.

However, Klopp then opted to drop Karius in favour of Simon Mignolet on Wednesday, who performed well and kept a clean sheet during the 3-0 triumph over Middlesbrough.

During his 12-year stint with the Reds, Danish ace Molby made a total of 292 league and cup appearances for the Merseyside giants, winning the FA Cup three times.

In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted Everton v Liverpool on Monday night.