James backs Karius to come good


Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has backed Loris Karius to come good for the club.

The German has come under fire after his nightmare performance in the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid in Kiev at the end of last season.

He conceded two goals thanks to some calamitous goalkeeping – but has received backing from his predecessor, who is no stranger to the sting of criticism from his time at Anfield.

“I was at the game in Kiev and I saw the incident with Ramos at 0-0 where Karius took a blow and I thought it looked like a big blow because of the way he fell to the floor, and three minutes later they score the first goal.” he is quoted by Teamtalk.

“I was saying to people at the game there was something wrong with what happened, and lo and behold Liverpool got him assessed and there was evidence of some concussion.

“I like the keeper, I think he’s got the potential to be really, really good – special even – but unfortunately when that happens in the Champions League final, everybody is watching.

“I think that if Liverpool were to decide to get rid of him or bring someone else in because of one incident, that it wouldn’t be showing so much faith. One thing Jürgen has done with his squad, hence the reason why they get to European finals, is he’s shown faith in the players he has.

“So I think it’s the right decision to keep Karius on.

“To sign a replacement for Karius because of Kiev, I think that would be the wrong thing to do.

“The kneejerk reaction from fans after Kiev was to get someone else in.

“He’ll understand that he will make another mistake – that’s the life of a goalkeeper.

“But providing the under-performance in Kiev was down to a blow to the head, then there’s nothing to say he shouldn’t be getting back to the level he was at before and improving on it.” he finished.

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