Liverpool FC manager defends Loris Karius after 4-3 defeat
Bournemouth recover from 3-1 down to claim victory over a Liverpool side chasing Premier League title
December 5th, 2016
Liverpool’s defending has been sloppy all season and it came back to haunt them on Sunday afternoon at the Vitality Stadium.
Having led 3-1 in their match against Bournemouth, the Cherries rallied to score three goals in the final fifteen minutes of the game, with many pointing the finger at Loris Karius.
The Liverpool goalkeeper appeared at fault for Ryan Fraser’s goal which reduced the arrears to 3-2, with the German also culpable when spilling a Steve Cook shot in injury-time, something which allowed Nathan Ake to nip in and score.
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp defended his goalkeeper who has replaced Simon Mignolet as the Liverpool number one this season, claiming that it was the team’s failings which allowed Bournemouth to get a foothold in a game they eventually won.
Klopp said: “I have no concerns [with Karius]. If you make mistakes, you get criticised. That’s what happens in life, so I have no problem with that. So if people want to say we’re blind, silly, not good enough, then do it. We missed chances today but do we have good strikers? Yes we do. And the last goal was not easy for a goalkeeper. It says nothing about him as a goalkeeper. It happens.
“I knew there would be moments like this. There is no attitude or character problem here. We have been 100% before now, and we were 99% today, but it’s quite simple to go back up to 100%. No one is born a winner. Not in the first two or three months [of a project].
“You have to learn and we must learn from this. Things like this can happen – you don’t like it and it still feels bad but why should I be angry? We are not ice skating, it’s not about how it looks. I know we can play football but we gave the game away at a decisive point. We opened the door and they ran through and scored some wonderful goals.”