By Alex Stevens
Loris Karius has been axed by Liverpool for their Premier League showdown against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Times claim that manager Jurgen Klopp has made the huge call to drop German goalkeeper Karius and recall Belgian Simon Mignolet to the starting XI.
It is said that Klopp made the decision about the key keeper position earlier on Wednesday following a training session in Teeside as the Merseyside giants made their final preparations for the match.
Karius has been dropped due to concerns over his form following recent high profile mistakes against Bournemouth and West Ham.
The 23-year-old summer signing from Mainz gifted Nathan Ake the matchwinning goal in the Cherries’ 4-3 win at the Vitality Stadium 10 days ago and was then at fault for both of the Hammers’ goals in the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Mignolet, who has had a mixed three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, returns following an absence of ten Premier League matches.
Earlier in the week, Klopp had launched a fierce defence of the £4.7 million summer buy from Mainz, after strong criticism from Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville in particular.
The Liverpool manager was initially planning to stick with him for this evening’s game, but has reportedly down decided to remove the young goalkeeper from the spotlight.
The match has taken on greater significance for Liverpool as they aim to get their title bid back on track after taking just one points from the last six available.
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