KEY POINTS

  • Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius praised Jurgen Klopp ahead of his loan debut with Union Berlin
  • Karius said Klopp thinks his loan move to Berlin will be good for his career
  • The German defender vows to prove that he is still a "really good Bundesliga goalkeeper"

 Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who signed a loan deal with German club Union Berlin, has revealed what Jurgen Klopp advised him about his future.

On Sept. 28, Karius returned to Germany and joined Union Berlin on a season-long loan. Ahead of his Berlin debut, Karius discussed his relationship with his parent club coach, Klopp, who never had any issues during and prior to his loan move.

“He was always fair and honest,” Karius recently told reporters of Klopp during a media conference, Inside Futbol reported. “He always tells you what the situation is like. We always had a good relationship and never had a problem. His success speaks for itself. He is currently one of the best coaches in the world.”

Karius went on to reveal what his fellow countryman thinks about his career. According to the German goalkeeper, Klopp envisions that his loan at Berlin could be the start of his resurge.

“He [Klopp] said it is a good step and I have the chance to distinguish myself here and that I can show everyone that I’m a really good goalkeeper,” he revealed.

Before joining Berlin, Karius had a two-year loan spell at Besiktas in Turkey. The 27-year-old was once a sensational goalkeeper in Bundesliga and is now looking to rebuild his reputation. However, he hinted that it would not be as easy as people seemed to have forgotten about his legacy.

“The good performances I showed have been somewhat forgotten in Germany,” the goalkeeper said. “That’s a shame.”

Nonetheless, Karius is ready to take on the challenges in the German top-flight after four years of absence in the league.

“My goal is to prove myself here again. I was gone for four years,” he said. “My drive is to show again that I’m still a really good Bundesliga goalkeeper.”

Meanwhile, Klopp has been tipped to exclude one of his current defenders, Joe Gomez, from the upcoming match against Everton following his disappointing performance in the devastating defeat to Aston Villa on Oct. 5. The 23-year-old wasn’t able to deal with Villa striker Ollie Watkins, who scored a hat-trick to help his team humiliate the reigning Premier League champion 7-2.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy advised Klopp to drop Gomez from his starting lineup on Saturday.

“We cannot gloss over the defeat at Villa of course,” Murphy told The Mail. “Joe Gomez, in particular, has struggled in the heart of the defense this season. He does not look as confident, or even fit, compared to his prime and the manager faces a big decision whether to take him out of the firing line.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during his team's 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during his team's 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa Photo: POOL / PETER POWELL