After openly speculating over which goalkeeper will start for Liverpool against Hull on Saturday, manager Jürgen Klopp has apparently come to a decision.
The Liverpool Echo are this afternoon reporting that new signing Loris Karius will keep his place from midweek, relegating previous number Simon Mignolet to the bench.
It will be the 23-year-old’s Premier League debut, as well as his first time playing in front of the Anfield crowd, and that his elevation to first choice should come so soon after recovering from a broken hand will be devastating to Mignolet as it all but confirms that he is now Klopp’s backup keeper.
While many may be surprised about the timing, the occurrence itself was almost certain to happen. Klopp stated during the summer that Karius was signed in a £4.7m deal from Mainz as competition from Mignolet, but Mignolet himself knows what that means, having been signed in similar circumstances by Brendan Rodgers in 2013 while Pepe Reina was still at Anfield.
Needless to say, Mignolet was Rodgers’ first choice from there on out just as Karius is Klopp’s now.
But for the unfortunate timing of Karius’ broken hand, Mignolet would have found himself on the bench weeks ago. Admittedly, the Belgian international has not done much wrong this season, indeed his performances have been of a man who clearly understands he now has a strong rival, but this was an eventuality from the get-go.
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Karius will get his chance to impress against Hull on Saturday, and should he take it, Mignolet may have to get used to sitting on the Liverpool bench.