Loris Karius was once considered a flop by British football fans but now he’s on his way to Kiev to fight for the most prestigious title in Europe, The European Cup, safe to say he is the comeback kid.
It wasn’t so long ago that Liverpool football clubs number one position was in a precarious situation. Both Karius and Simon Mignolet were locked in a heated battle for the starting spot, however, rather than putting in stellar performances it was a race to see who was capable to go 90 minutes without making a howler of a mistake.
It was only a few months ago Klopp’s constant chopping and changing of the number one was the hot topic for football pundits and Twitter warriors. However, this battle against Simon Mignolet appears to have rocket strapped Karius’s form, guiding him all the way to the final.
At the start of the season, he was a downtrodden man who was hard on his luck but it wasn’t always like this. When he first came to Liverpool he was the talk of Merseyside, the young German had the making of a future world beater. For starters, he is German and also a goalie (name a bad German keeper). Karius also joined Liverpool after an incredible season for Mainz where he was voted the second-best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga, losing out to arguably the greatest keeper of this generation, Manuel Neuer. So, let’s get this straight, Karius has already proven he is a world-class goalie, he just needed to rediscover his form.
Let’s talk about who he had to battle for a starting place, Simon Mignolet. A goalkeeper who has been questioned immensely over the past few years, however, it wasn’t so long ago he was on the radar of every premier league club. Back in 2012, the Belgique was considered one of the best in the premier league, he had taken the place of an injured Craig Gordon and managed to go on to wow critics with his 11 clean sheets in back to back seasons. So definitely no pushover.
Not so long ago no one wanted Karius anywhere near Anfield apart from one man, Jurgen Klopp. It has been no secret that Klopp’s preference was always for Karius to prove that he’s Liverpool’s long-term option between the sticks, and as it stands he’s on course to be a part of new generation of heroes at Anfield if they can overcome the might ‘Galaticos’ Real Madrid. Why waste an astronomical £80 Million on Allison, a keeper you have just buried seven goals past or £35 Million on Jack Butland when you have a potential champions league winning 24-year-old in net. Oh, did I mention he has a 47% clean sheet ration this season. Not bad for a keeper supposedly low on confidence.
So, there we have it, Karius has bounced back from being deemed a liability in his debut season to becoming a vital figure in a resurgent Liverpool squad which are one step away from being crowned the greatest team in Europe and the odds-on favourite to challenge the untouchable Manchester City next season. This is why he is the comeback kid.