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After being linked all summer with moves for Alisson and Jan Oblak, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp might have decided to stick with Loris Karius as our No.1 for the upcoming season.

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.

Loris Karius

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.

Loris Karius

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.

Besides Karius, we have Simon Mignolet (who could leave before the start of the season) and Danny Ward which goes to show that we are extremely short of solid talent between the sticks.

Simon Mignolet

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.

Read more: Reputed British Journalist Rubbishes Of Rumours About A New Goalkeeper Target For Liverpool

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants the Reds to sign James Maddison of Leicester City.

The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.

Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.

James Maddison

Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”

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The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.

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Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.

However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):

“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.

“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”

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The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.

Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed

Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.

The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.

Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.

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Adrian at Southampton

Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”

The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.

A good move for Liverpool?

Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.

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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.

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