Liverpool’s goalkeeper issue has long been a topic of discussion. Simon Mignolet never looked up to the billing at Anfield and was often lambasted by fans for making crucial errors. So, in the summer of 2016, Liverpool made a move to sign Loris Karius from Mainz.
The move seemed sensible. The young German had built up a fine reputation in his homeland and Liverpool signed him for a fee reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of just £4.75 million.
That price-tag is an absolute bargain in modern-day football, but Liverpool fans soon wondered if there was a reason behind such a small outlay.
Karius struggled to settle at Liverpool and, soon enough, found himself out of the starting XI.
This season has seen Liverpool heavily linked with AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Considered one of the best in the world, Liverpool would have had to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper to bring in the Brazilian. The fee quoted in the press for Alisson has varied from £40 million all the way up to £70 million, but the figure of £52 million quoted by Corriere dello Sport seems to be about right.
Now, however, it seems Liverpool have abandoned their plans for Alisson and the form of Karius is surely the reason why. He has shown signs of massive improvement since the turn of the year, putting in some fine performances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The 24-year-old was in such form against Everton in the Merseyside Derby yesterday. Whilst having little to do for the duration of a drab match, he produced a key moment of brilliance. His sprawling save to deny Yannick Bolasie a curling goal in the first-half was deserving of a Liverpool first-team keeper.
His form has certainly vindicated his price-tag for Liverpool in recent weeks. It could also be he has saved the club a massive amount of money in transfer fees for a new stopper.
Karius can hopefully continue to improve and finally give Liverpool a goalkeeper they can be confident in once again.