16 Dec 2016

You're Out: Klopp reveals bad news for 'outstanding' €18m Liverpool star; confirms his replacement is now LFC's No. 1

When is Loris Karius likely to earn a return to Liverpool's starting line-up?

On Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp sprung a major surprise when he dumped Karius on the bench, and it looks like the German could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

When asked if €18m-rated Karius will make a quick return to the first XI, Klopp hailed Karius as an 'outstanding' goalkeeper, but admitted:

"There is no timeframe for when he [Karius] will be back. That's not how football works. Now, it is Simon's chance".

This doesn't bode well for Karius. Despite the Premier League's most error prone player over the last three years, Mignolet is capable of producing periods of good form, and he'll now be more determined than ever to keep hold of the number-one spot.

As I've noted before, Mignolet is one of the luckiest goalkeepers in the Premier League, and against the odds, his ship has come in yet again! Let's look at the facts:

* Dec 14th 2014: BR drops Mignolet 'indefinitely' after a series of poor performances. Brad Jones comes in to replace him.

* Dec 26th 2014: Brad Jones gets injured, and Mignolet returns to the starting line-up.

* May 24th 2016: Liverpool sign Karius, who proceeds to start 5 pre-season games in a row, and looks nailed-on to usurp Mignolet.

* Jul 28th 2016: Karius breaks his hand, and is ruled out for two months. Mignolet retains his place.

* Sep 20th 2016: Klopp dumps Mignolet on the bench and brings back Karius, who is publicly anointed Liverpool's 'number one goalkeeper'.

* Dec 14th 2016: After a couple of shaky performances, Klopp unceremoniously drops Karius, and restores Mignolet to the starting lineup. Mignolet wins again! In the words of General Zod:

There's some football-related voodoo going on here as it seems that no goalkeeper is capable of usurping Mignolet (!)


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