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Klopp: If you want a goalkeeper like Karius who plays football, you take risks

The Reds boss is content with the German’s performances between the sticks and is convinced that he will fulfil his incredible potential as he develops on Merseyside

Jurgen Klopp is confident that Loris Karius will fully adjust to the Premier League and Liverpool’s exacting approach as he gathers more experience.

The Reds boss also highlighted that a goalkeeper who wants to be an extension of the club’s full-throttle football will find himself in riskier situations than most.

The 23-year-old, recruited from Mainz for £4.7 million this summer, arrived on Merseyside with the billing of being one of the Bundesliga’s premier stoppers.

He was just shy of recording a century of appearances in Germany’s top flight before making the switch, and has secured four consecutive starts for Liverpool following an injury lay-off.

Karius endured moments of unease in the 2-1 win at Swansea City before also making some dubious decisions in the goalless draw with Manchester United.

But Klopp is content with the gloveman’s performances and feels that he can build on his first league clean sheet – picked up against Jose Mourinho’s men on Monday – and grow to fulfil his incredible potential.

“It’s a very good start, that’s how it is,” the Reds boss said at Melwood.

“We watched him for a long time and, especially in the last two years in the Bundesliga, he was outstanding – but he is still a young boy, for a goalkeeper especially.

“He collected experience but this is, of course, something else here in the Premier League – a different kind of play in general in the Premier League and [a different] style of play in our specific case.

“So, of course, he has to improve and can improve but, with the start, I feel quite comfortable and everything is good.”

On the United game specifically, Klopp noted a poor pass as evidence that Karius needs to sharpen up, but also made it clear that it is a normal part of the player’s development process.

“It was not perfect. There was one situation with Dejan [Lovren] together, with passing, but things like this happen,” the manager continued.

“More serious things like this happen to other goalkeepers who are more experienced.

“If you want a goalkeeper who plays football, you take the risk that sometimes the ball is bouncing in a different way. That’s all. Everything is OK.”

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