Jurgen Klopp says Loris Karius has role to play at Anfield, despite Alisson signing
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 23/07/18 8:38am
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Loris Karius still has a role to play at the club, despite the record signing of Alisson.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was bought from Roma for £67m, Sky Sports News understands, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
While Klopp admits Alisson will be Liverpool's number one this season, he insists previous incumbent Karius still has a future at Anfield.
He said: "Obviously Alisson is a world-class goalkeeper, so we're not going to say 'let's have a look'. He will play, of course.
"He is the No 1 for Brazil and then there is the fee. When Alisson is ready, he will be in our goal. We all need to help him so he can perform as good as possible. That is maybe the only difference.
"But for that to happen we need a strong squad around him and Loris is an outstanding goalkeeper. That's the truth. Nothing else."
Liverpool are currently in the US as they continue their pre-season preparations, with Karius the most senior goalkeeper in the squad.
Alisson was left behind, with Klopp saying he needs time to recover after representing Brazil at the World Cup, and Liverpool's opening game of the new Premier League season three weeks away.
"When I saw him at Melwood, he looked fit," said Klopp. "He's desperate to play. He wanted to stay, but it made absolutely no sense.
"He's had a long year. As Brazil No 1, it was quite an intense year. The World Cup is not a tournament you only play a little bit, it was intense. So I sent him on holiday again.
"There will still be two games to play before West Ham and then West Ham is only the first game of the season, not the last one. So we will see."
Fantasy Football is back!
Fantasy just got real. Pick your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for free here.