21 Nov 2016

'The Best': Ex-Red compares 'outstanding' Liverpool signing to €46m Man Utd star. Claims he can be 'the same'

Ex-Red Nigel Spackman has compared Liverpool 'keeper Loris Karius with one of the world's top goalkeepers.

Over the weekend, Spackman - who won the league and FA Cup during his two-year stint at Anfield - told LFC TV:

“He’s not the biggest, so he’s not the most commanding in his area [but] David de Gea got criticised for not commanding his area. He has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world [and] Karius can do the same".

Karius has made only eight appearances for Liverpool so far, so clearly, it's far too early to suggest that he can become 'one of the best goalkeepers in the world' (!)

In my view, heaping this kind of pressure/expectation on Karius is counter-productive, but this kind of ridiculous hyperbole is par for the course in modern football.

God forbid a player should have to prove himself over a *significant* period of time before being hailed as a potential world superstar.

That said, when it comes to a goalkeeper's primary role (i.e. conceding a few goals as possible), Karius is outperforming De Gea this season:

* Karius: 6 goals conceded in 8 games (One every 120 mins).

* De Gea: 19 goals conceded in 17 games (One every 80 mins).

Start as you mean to go on...

^ De Gea: €46m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Karius: Described as 'outstanding' by Klopp


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