Having not played in the Premier League for a month, Loris Karius has pretty much kept Liverpool in the tie. Where he made two fine first-half saves from goalscorer Redmond. The much-criticised goalkeeper was one of very few in Jurgen Klopp’s side who could walk off with their head held high.
Jurgen Klopp has never questioned Karius and his ability, placing great faith in the 23-year-old German. After arriving from Klopp’s former club Mainz in a £4.75m deal this summer, the pin up German quickly established himself as first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Simon Mignolet.
Karius has had to undergo a severe examination of his ability as an effective goalkeeper. Many in fact forgetting he is only 23 years old, the same age as Ward who has had some great loans playing in lower leagues. Klopp made him step aside, asking Mignolet to step in whilst the pressure was taken off him – effective man-management. Klopp was and will always play the long game, he is happy to wait for the end result. Further evidence is the refusal to sign another centre back, instead waiting for Joe Gomez to return to action to be given his opportunity.
Karius was chosen as Liverpool’s Cup goalkeeper and this is how he repaid the faith. Klopp was rewarded with an outstanding display, especially with several superb saves from Redmond.
Southampton deserved to win by a more comfortable margin. If it wasn’t for Karius they would have done. If it wasn’t for him the second leg would be just a formality.
Does Klopp extend his gratitude and build upon this success and allow Karius the opportunity to shine against Man Utd at Old Trafford at the weekend?
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