By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to stick with under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius against Middlesbrough, according to a report.
The Echo claim that the 23-year-old will retain his place against Boro on Wednesday despite being publicly criticised in recent weeks.
The report details that Karius will continue ahead of Simon Mignolet despite Klopp avoiding the question at his pre-match press conference.
Klopp did defend the goalkeeper though in the press conference after criticism from Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher, Phil and Gary Neville for his recent performances.
Karius has been under the spotlight after mistakes against Bournemouth and West Ham in Liverpool’s last two matches, with the Reds picking up just one point in that time.
The German is yet to settle at Anfield following his summer arrival, but Klopp views him as the long-term option in goal and he is set to continue despite the enormous pressure he is under.
Liverpool are hopeful of competing for the Premier League title this season and are six points behind leaders Chelsea, but will need a steady defence if they are to mount a serious challenge.
Karius has kept four clean sheets in his 11 appearances for the Reds and will want to match the form he showed at former club Mainz.
The shot stopper made kept 32 clean sheets in 96 appearances for the German club and may need time to recreate that top form in English football.
Liverpool have a huge Merseyside derby against Everton on Monday and Karius could be facing his last chance against Boro.
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