4 Oct 2016

Dump Him: Aldo urges Klopp to drop 'nervy' €18m Liverpool star vs. Man Utd. Agree?

Is Loris Karius an upgrade on Simon Mignolet? Liverpool legend John Aldridge doesn't think so, and he's urged Jurgen Klopp to bench the German 'keeper.

In his Monday column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldo insisted:

"Karius has looked nervy. He's conceded from corners, and his distribution has not been fantastic. Mignolet should [play] at this moment in time".

Karius obviously needs time to grow into his role, but Aldo is right - he has looked shaky during his first three games, and (concerningly), the German appears to have some of the same weaknesses as Mignolet (flailing at crosses/suspect distribution etc). That said, Liverpool have won the last three games, so he's not costing the team points and/or victories.

In my view, Liverpool should stick with Karius for Manchester United as dropping him will (arguably) send a message that Klopp doesn't trust him in the biggest matches. Additionally, Karius needs to be properly tested, and until that happens, it's hard to gauge whether he has the ability to permanently replace Mignolet.

Klopp already knows what to expect from Mignolet in big matches; it's now time to see how Karius reacts in the most pressurised games.

^ €18.5m-rated (CIES Football Observatory).

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