Three reasons why Loris Karius should start over Simon Mignolet for Liverpool
Liverpool face a daunting, yet exciting trip to Stamford Bridge on Friday night, to take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side who are unbeaten in the Premier League thus far. A 2-2 draw with Swansea however, has made them look slightly more vulnerable and the Reds will gain hope that they can challenge the Blues at the Bridge.
Indeed, Liverpool’s football at the moment could challenge anyone and so Jurgen Klopp will probably play the same team he played against Leicester City. One position that is up for debate, though, is the goalkeeper position. Despite being in good form, it has been argued that Simon Mignolet should be replaced by the returning Loris Karius.
Here are three reasons why Klopp should consider changing the goalkeeper for the game at Chelsea:
He’s a German goal-keeper
So he must be good, right? The 23-year-old was purchased from Mainz in the summer, as competition for Mignolet. Any new signing, however, especially one made by the current manager from the league Klopp knows so well, is bound to come in eventually.
Now he is fit and ready, is Stamford Bridge the right time to play him? Any ground is difficult in the Premier League, so Chelsea could provide the ideal location. A good performance there and he will be flying. A German goalkeeper in good form could only be even more of a bonus for the Reds.
Mignolet needs to regain trust
As good as the Belgian has been at times this season, he still comes across as a player with a mistake imminent. A spell out of the side, in which he works on providing stern competition for Karius, could allow him to come back a better player.
Mignolet could regain the confidence of all around him, including the fans, and use this as a turning point. It does seem as though he has been between the sticks for the Reds for a long time now, and this could possibly do him the world of good.
No Europe this season
With only domestic games to compete in this year, Klopp’s side typically face one game a week with the exception of the Christmas fixtures. This means that, as like when Brendan Rodgers was in charge and nearly won the league, the Reds have a week to prepare for their next match.
This reduces the need for rotation and often leaves the same side starting week in, week out as long as they keep their form. If the goalkeepers aren’t rotated a little, then one is going to be on the bench for most of the season.
Klopp surely didn’t bring Karius to the club to hardly play, and so it seems unlikely with one game a week, that the German manager wouldn’t rotate at some point, and give at least a run of games to his new signing.
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