Liverpool were in disarray when Jurgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers back in 2015 and reconstructed the squad slowly but steadily with his preferred options. The Reds have successfully secured a Champions League berth last season following a fourth-placed Premier League finish and are going strong in the competition this year along with a decent league outing.
The charismatic German gaffer has reinvested in several slots, like defence, attack and also between the sticks by bringing in Loris Karius in summer 2016 with a view to providing competition to Simon Mignolet who featured as club’s ‘number 1’ since joining from Sunderland back in 2013.
Mignolet was brought in by the then boss Brendan Rodgers and became an instant hero by saving Jonathan Walters spot-kick in the opening fixture of the season against Stoke City. He, however, received stern criticism due to inconsistency and was replaced by Brad Jones and Adam Bogdan at times in his tenure. Neither Jones nor Bogdan was good enough either and Klopp opted to bring in Karius who had a huge reputation in Germany with Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05.
Karius too was handed a run of games last season due to Mignolet’s unconvincing displays but failed to earn manager’s trust following some erroneous outings. The Belgian was restored between the sticks and ended the season on a high note securing a ‘top four’ finish.
The 30-year-old custodian, meanwhile, has been rotated with Karius since the inception…