Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius accepts he has underperformed but is learning from mistakes
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 04/12/17 1:39pm
Loris Karius admits he has not been at his best for Liverpool and is still developing as a goalkeeper.
The German signed from Mainz in the summer of 2016 but has only made 11 league appearances since his £4.7m arrival.
After missing the start of last season with a broken hand, Karius was given the No 1 jersey for 10 consecutive games but was dropped in December 2016 after mistakes against Bournemouth and West Ham.
And ever since his demotion, Simon Mignolet has been Jurgen Klopp's first choice with Karius largely playing in cup competitions.
Karius told ESPN FC: "It was just a few games that were not good. I also just came back from injury. Maybe I wasn't at my highest level.
"We didn't play well for a couple of games, I didn't do so well and this stuff happened. I learned a few things that I can take with me, although it wasn't positive. I took it with me and it's more experience.
"This year is a new experience again, it's the Champions League, so I'm collecting the new experience.
"Hopefully I'm also developing because I'm still young. I don't think I was a bad keeper when I got here. That's it, really."
Karius looks set to start against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday and a draw will be enough to qualify for the knockout stages while a win would secure top spot in Group E.
And the 24-year-old understands the importance of the match at Anfield.
"Maybe it's a bit more pressure, but I think in football you always have the pressure before every game," he said
"Maybe it's a final for Spartak and for us. We can also win something, we can finish top of the group. We just need to focus on the positive things."
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