By Emma Sanders
Following Loris Karius’ poor display against Bournemouth, Football Insider analyses which five goalkeepers have been Liverpool’s worst in the Premier League era.
Th Australian was well-liked on Merseyside but not for his goalkeeping abilities. He was a weak understudy and was only given a brief chance as number one because Simon Mignolet was so poor. He left in 2015 after making just 27 total appearances in five years.
Fans were shocked when Liverpool were pipped to the signing of Victor Valdes and ended up with Bolton’s Adam Bogdan. The keeper had rarely shown composure for the Championship outfit so it was no surprise he has not been a hit at Anfield. He was sent out on loan to Wigan this summer but suffered a season-ending injury in November.
The Italian was brought to Liverpool on loan in January 2007 and despite being scouted as one of the most promising young keepers, he was dreadful. He acted as understudy and made just one appearance during his five months in Merseyside and conceded two awful goals against Charlton Athletic in a shocking 2-2 draw.
The Belgian has been one of the most heavily criticised keepers in recent years and his form was so poor Jurgen Klopp has to invest in a new keeper next summer. Karius has replaced Mignolet in the sticks but has been equally as poor so far, though Liverpool fans still insist nobody can be worse than Mignolet. Or can they?
The England keeper has proven to be a much better keeper since his Liverpool days but when he was brought for £6 million in 2001, he was expected to feature much more regularly. Instead, he spent most of his Anfield career injured and never took the top spot away from Jerzy Dudek.
In other Liverpool news, the club’s meltdown against Bournemouth highlighted the importance of this player.