Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The former Mainz stopper has been handed the opportunity to show what he can do by his compatriot and looks to be grabbing the chance with both hands.
The twenty-four year old began the campaign on the bench domestically and as first-choice for Champions League games. But the indifferent form of Simon Mignolet has seen Klopp reinstate Karius to the Premier League team.
He showed that he is ready to stake a genuine claim for the place long-term with another key save in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
And Klopp has told people that he didn’t have doubts over the player he brought to Anfield back in the Summer of 2016.
“Look, if he was not a good goalkeeper I would be the biggest idiot in world football if I line him up.” he said.
“Maybe a few people think I am, but he is an outstandingly skilled goalkeeper.
“The start was not very good and in our life people make their assessment immediately and say the start was bad so there’s nothing.
“He needed time and needed the situation, he needed the training with John (Achterberg) and now he is playing. Thank God, he is playing well. That’s the situation.
“There is no goalkeeper without any mistakes in the world. For goalkeepers, the timing is very important.
“The best thing is that you don’t make a mistake in the first 50 games; then people think you are the best and you can be responsible for three goals in a row but people still think ‘but he is world-class’.
“He has had a few good games – that’s good for us. Let’s carry on.” he finished.