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Karius is eager to show Klopp he can be Pool's long-term No.1

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool's Loris Karius is determined to prove to boss Jurgen Klopp he does not need to buy a goalkeeper in the summer.

The German has been No.1 at Anfield ahead of Simon Mignolet over the last month.

Liverpool continue to be linked with the likes of Stoke's Jack Butland, Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak and Roma's Allison but with the position now Karius' to lose, he is intent on not giving Klopp a decision to make.

"If you read the press then every week we would have five new signings in every position," he said. "You can't go crazy. When I look at the training, I think we do have good quality.

"We've been unlucky. Often you don't have much to do. Then if you don't do something 100 per cent right it weighs a lot heavier than for other goalies at smaller clubs.

"That's life at a big club like Liverpool and you have to deal with it. I want to present myself well and then I'll have the chance to play at this club for the next season as well.

"I also want to help this team achieve. As well as the top four, we still have the Champions League. We want to go forward in that and why not win it?"

Karius received criticism for his punch which led to Victor Wanyama's equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday, while he was beaten at his near post by Leroy Sane in the victory over Manchester City.

With equally big tests ahead - the Champions League re-starts at Porto next Wednesday - Karius is unconcerned. He said: "You can't get frustrated as you know there will be games when the team needs you."

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