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 star fails to hide frustration despite celebrating PSG winner
Mohamed Salah didn’t score in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he almost cost us the game.
The former Roma attacker gave the ball away as PSG scored their equalizer in the 83rd minute. However, Roberto Firmino saved us with an incredible goal in stoppage time.
A video surfaced of Salah throwing a bottle after Firmino’s goal. Although the Egyptian celebrated the winner, he was seen flinging a bottle away.
Don’t listen to all the shit about Salah not celebrating Bobby’s goal. Look at him throwing his arms in the air.
Still not himself though is he? What do you think is wrong with him and his performances? pic.twitter.com/ms5pocZLBz
— TheKopTimes (@TheKopTimes8) September 19, 2018
“I think Salah’s celebrating in his own way. His hands were up at the beginning of that. The first picture [shows] his hands were up [celebrating].”
Salah hasn’t been at his best since the start of the season and only has a couple of goals to his name. Sadio Mane has taken up the scoring mantle in his place and has five goals to his name while Firmino now has three.
The Egyptian might have felt relieved at the winner. However, the 25-year-old was responsible for Kylian Mbappe’s goal and his muted celebration could be ominous for the opposition in the coming weeks.
Salah has been taking shots and finding the open spaces but things aren’t going well for him. There is no doubt that once he starts scoring regularly, there will be no stopping him. All he needs is a bit of luck this season.
“Who did the Pirate better?” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Klopp copies celebration post PSG win
Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal in an enthralling encounter against Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool led 2-0 but were pegged back to 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
The Brazilian didn’t start the game but produced the telling moment in the 91st minute. Anfield went wild after the game and Firmino had another brilliant celebration in the spur of the moment.
The attacker covered his left eye after beating the PSG keeper. This could have been in reference to the eye injury he picked up against Tottenham last weekend.
Jan Vertonghen poked the Brazilian but it didn’t matter as we beat Tottenham and did the same to PSG too.
Firmino has had a number of celebrations in recent years such as “shooting the gun”, “kung-fu kicks” and taking his shirt off and getting yellow carded.
Jurgen Klopp also got into the act as he copied Firmino’s latest celebration during the post-match interviews and a number of fans reacted to the boss doing this bit.
Even Jurgen Klopp is copying Firmino’s celebration. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QumDevIDpz
— Samue (@VintageSalah) September 18, 2018
Firmino Challenge… one everyone can do lol
— Little Miss Aden (@KadraAden) September 18, 2018
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) September 18, 2018
— Gob 🐲 (@Des_n_Troy) September 19, 2018
The Roberto Firmino challenge by Klopp 😀 pic.twitter.com/ptgcK7KqUo
— Pastor G M Mhlanga (@geraldpatience) September 19, 2018
— Samuel #WeAreLiverpool (@samsgyan) September 19, 2018
Who did the Pirate better?
— Bright Amponsah (@timbergh7) September 19, 2018
— Im Sardar (@_FILMBuFF_) September 18, 2018
(Video) Watch Sadio Mane completely destroy Neymar with filthy skill during Champions League clash
Liverpool’s match against Paris Saint-Germain was the pick of the clashes from the first round of Champions League fixtures and what a tie it was.
The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. PSG weren’t giving up without a fight as Thomas Meunier pulled one back before half-time.
Kylian Mbappe scored in the 83rd minute but Roberto Firmino had the last laugh with the winner in the 91st minute.
The clash featured some of the best players in the world but there was one moment of brilliance from Sadio Mane.
The Senegal international couldn’t score in the game but he did destroy Neymar on the pitch. The incident happened in the first-half as Mane was attacking down the right and the Brazilian was trying to defend.
A move here, a drop of the shoulder there and poof, the Liverpool man burst into the box. Neymar was taken to the cleaners and it set the tone for the Brazilian to barely figure in the game.
Mane sent Neymar for chips 🍟 pic.twitter.com/Ro4fzr3Pt0
— nay (@nayoneofficial) September 18, 2018
Mane was excellent in the first half as we harried and bullied PSG into submission. The Senegal man didn’t score a goal but he surely made life tough for the French side.
We have started our Champions League campaign in excellent fashion and our next European tie is against Napoli in Italy.
Should Mane and the rest of the team go in with the same sort of mentality, a win against Napoli is a given. For now, we should plan for all three points against Southampton on Saturday.
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