Following his £4.7 million arrival from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 in the summer transfer window, Loris Karius is yet to start a competitive match for Liverpool. However, having taken his place on the substitutes bench for the matches against Leicester City and Chelsea, the goalkeeper is set to make his competitive debut in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old German, has been struggling with an injury to his right hand, after fracturing it during a collision with defender, Dejan Lovren, in pre-season. However, he is now ready to take his place in goal for Liverpool, at Derby County and will be aiming to make the position his own for the remainder of the season. Simon Mignolet has retained his position as Liverpool’s number one so far this season but his place will be put under pressure, as Karius begins to get game time.
Karius has spoken about how well he, Mignolet and Alex Manninger get on in training but also how they are each in competition, for one place in the team. This will be the first time in over a year, Mignolet will have real competition for his place in the starting XI and that can only be a good thing. Despite having put in some decent performances, there is still room for improvement in Mignolet’s game and Karius will be hoping he can show Jurgen Klopp, he possesses the qualities Mignolet does not, namely good decision making, positioning and distribution.
With Derby struggling to score goals, this could be the perfect game for Karius to make his competitive debut in a Liverpool shirt and make his case for a place as Klopp’s number one in the Premier League starting XI.