Cue the pitchforks and flames all around the Liverpool fanbase. Afterall, many of us were sure that we would be investing in this position after the Champions League final. With almost every other position having a world-class player, we needed an upgrade on our keeper.
However, Klopp is a stubborn man and more often than not, his moves do work out for the better. The German stuck to his guns about bringing Virgil van Dijk into the club and it did pay off. Similarly, Andy Robertson has been a star, and no one expected that from him before.
Sticking with Karius can lead to the rise of a star keeper
Karius is only 25 and is yet to hit his prime. Sure, he has made a few mistakes but the German did suffer a concussion in the Champions League final before he conceded the goals.
Before joining the club, the German was voted as the second-best keeper behind Manuel Neuer, and that has to count for something.
Players need time to understand a league and this would be Karius’ third year at Anfield, meaning he could pull off a David De Gea.
Additionally, Klopp and the team must work with the German keeper and try to fix the issues. After all, Karius is an excellent shot-stopper but his skills are questionable when it comes to collecting crosses and set-piece deliveries.
From next season onwards, Fabinho and Naby Keita will bolster our midfield and serve as additional protection for Karius.
The German must strive to do well but those counter-attacks that demolished our defence for the past two seasons might be a thing of the past with the presence of Keita and Fabinho.
And then there’s the financial aspect. Alisson and Oblak are being quoted for crazy prices and unless Klopp believes a player is worth it, he will not make a move.
Spending world-record sums on a keeper might not be Klopp’s way of doing things and with a good pre-season, Karius could well turn out to be the signing that improves the most this time around.
We could end up with an unmitigated disaster that should have been avoided
Of course, the other side of the coin could see it all spiralling into chaos at the back. Karius has often displayed a nonchalant character at the back, a little too relaxed and not vocal enough to be in sync with Dejan Lovren and Van Dijk.
That has been a regular feature of his game but if he makes one mistake on the first day of the season, there will be a ton of abuse not just directed at him but also towards Klopp.
To win major trophies, we need to have world-class players in all departments and Liverpool lack a quality goalkeeper.
Again, bringing someone who is world-class would have been a statement of intent from FSG too. They have paid huge sums to bring in Van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho, so why not do the same and bring in a keeper that will guarantee us a few more points next season?
Karius might have hit his peak at Liverpool and it would require a bit of a miracle for him to become someone like a Petr Cech or David De Gea next season.
The German’s confidence might take a hammering if he makes any errors from here on and the opposition will target him, there is no doubt about that.
Klopp playing a dangerous game
Klopp is someone who is willing to take risks and this one will certainly be one of the biggest he makes during his time at Liverpool.
Think about it this way, Liverpool are a few minutes away from winning a trophy and an opponent has let rip from outside the box.
Karius is standing between the sticks and what he does next might either lead us to glory or end up costing us the trophy.
Answers on a postcard, please.
Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player
Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito
Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.
The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.
Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.
The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.
Liverpool need to build on their great season
The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.
Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.
Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.
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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez
The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.
Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.
Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team
Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.
Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.
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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.
(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion
Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training
The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.
Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.
Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).
The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.
The usual suspects for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.
Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.
Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.
Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.
Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.
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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.