The Liverpool fans were celebrating long into the evening yesterday after they watched their side record a sensational victory over the previously unbeaten Premier League leaders.
Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the English top-flight finally came to an end yesterday afternoon, as Liverpool stepped up the occasion and recorded a 4-3 victory over the Citizens in an enthralling encounter. Liverpool were typically rampant in the attack and equally as typical in their shaky defensive endeavours, but they managed to outscore their opponents and claim three vital points in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.
In the aftermath of proceedings, the Liverpool players have individually and collectively deserved plenty of plaudits from the British media, but there was one performance that highlighted a long-term problem at the club.
The performance eluded to is that of Lorius Karius, who was selected by Klopp ahead of Mignolet for only the fourth time in the Premier League this season.
Although Karius was by no means abysmal, his inability to parry Sane’s equalising effort round the post in the first-half raised fresh questions about the quality of the goalkeepers at Anfield.
All things considered, it appears that Klopp does not back either Mignolet or Karius in-between the sticks for Liverpool, so he should rectify the long-term problem and bring Stoke City’s goalkeeper Jack Butland to the club this month.
Butland, who is valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt, will be desperately hoping to stake a claim for the England number one shirt before the end of the season, and performing admirably within a top-four club may well boost his chances of earning Southgate’s trust.
Although Butland still has plenty of improving to do, his performances for the Potters in recent years have shown far more promise than those of Karius and Mignolet. He’s fantastic with the ball at his feet, when the ball is in the air, and when the ball is being drilled at home from distance or up close. In many ways, he’s quickly turning into the complete goalkeeper.
It’s more than likely that the 24-year-old will be looking for a move to a top-four club in the future, so Klopp should make a move sooner rather than later before a Premier League rival secures his signature.
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