Liverpool’s goalkeeper has once again come under severe criticism for a below-par display against West Ham United on Sunday night.
Liverpool took an early lead through Adam Lallana and it looked as if it would be another straightforward win for the home side, especially considering they were playing against a Hammers side that has been severely lacking confidence and results of late.
But despite Liverpool’s good start to the season, one player who is severely lacking in confidence for them is Loris Karius. The summer signing was viewed as a solution to the problematic Simon Mignolet. But so far, the 23-year-old has offered no real improvement to the Belgian – with errors aplenty in recent weeks.
Last weekend Liverpool played Bournemouth and lost late on with Karius blamed for at least two of the 4 goals. Against West Ham, he was again arguably at fault for both of the Hammers 1st half goals. Playing as a goalkeeper, it is unforgiving when you make a mistake, but Liverpool cannot afford to have a goalkeeper in place that is costing them points each week.
Origi’s goal early in the second half saw Liverpool equalise but they could not find a 3rd goal and ultimately, Karius’ mistakes have cost Liverpool the three points on the day. Jurgen Klopp may need to consider given Mignolet his place back in the eleven, but he is just as much of a problem player it seems. Perhaps Klopp will have to again look to the transfer market to find a more experienced keeper that will at least solve this huge problem in the short term, because at this moment in time, Karius is not performing at a high enough level to be a goalkeeper of a team that wants to win the league.
As you might expect, the reaction to Karius’ performance has caused a lot of frustration on social media, especially from Liverpool fans. It seems some have already given up on their summer signing, despite his young age and the fact he has played very few games in England. Here’s a sample of the reaction on Twitter to the summer signings performance.
Karius is a good GK but is making mistakes & is badly protected. Whether he cuts it in PL now more a q of his mentality rather than talent.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) December 11, 2016
Karius is by far the worst keeper in the league state of him
— Darren (@DarrenCam_) December 11, 2016
Loris Karius is shite lads. Simple
— Spion Klopp (@TheKopHQ) December 11, 2016
Reckon Karius could be the worst keeper in the league but his barber is world class so he'll become a club legend
— Simply (@DemPele) December 11, 2016
Karius's confidence has gone completely, West Ham deserve to be winning though not good enough by us.
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) December 11, 2016
Gary Neville’s just seen Loris Karius’ latest work in goal. pic.twitter.com/KPGcQKfElC
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 11, 2016
— Black Man's Tweets (@oci_brian) December 11, 2016
Is it time to give up on Karius? No, not in my opinion. He’s a young keeper with ability and he proved that in the Bundesliga, where he was comfortable. He’s only 23 and adapting to a new league and the new amount of pressure and expectation makes it very hard. Unlike players playing in other positions, goalkeepers cannot afford to have a settling in period, if they make a mistake it can cost their team 3 points per mistake, and that is disastrous for the team, especially with Liverpool chasing the title.