Mark Lawrenson: Klopp should axe Liverpool 23-year-old v West Ham
By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson believes that Jurgen Klopp should drop Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius from the starting line up against West Ham.
The 23-year-old has come under criticism on several occasions this season and has made a shaky start since his summer arrival from German club Mainz.
He made a costly error in Liverpool’s 4-3 defeat on Sunday against Bournemouth as he parried a shot straight into the path of Nathan Ake to score a stoppage time winner.
Simon Mignolet has been left on the bench this season and many people are calling for him to be recalled.
BBC pundit Lawrenson claims that Mignolet is a better option than Karius and the change needs to come against West Ham on Sunday at Anfield.
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“Klopp has stuck his neck out with Loris Karius and said you are my number one and I just wonder now if he is privately thinking ‘what do I do now?’ because Simon Mignolet is a better goalkeeper, no question,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I think Klopp has to bring Mignolet back on Sunday and forget about how Karius might lose confidence if he is dropped.
“He might improve but at the moment he is just not good enough – we saw that against the Cherries.”
Karius has proven to be extremely comfortable in possession for Liverpool and an excellent footballer, but there are still question marks over his handling.
The German youngster is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers emerging in Europe and the Reds purchased him to be their number one.
The Merseyside club are trying to challenge for the Premier League title this season and can’t afford to be losing 4-3 to Bournemouth, especially after taking a 3-1 lead in the game.
Mignolet has also proven to be error-prone in the past, but he has much greater experience in the Premier League than Karius.
Klopp has a huge decision to make at the weekend and will need to make his decision on who is the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
In other Liverpool news, Paul Merson admits he fears for West Ham at the weekend.