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A moment in time: Loris Karius’ Champions League nightmare

A moment in time: Loris Karius’ Champions League nightmare

Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side record a fifth straight Premier League victory at the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with Tottenham having got past West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Leicester City in their opening four games, thus propelling them to top spot in English football’s top-flight. And that is where they remain five matches into the campaign as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino set them on their way to all three points, as although Erik Lamela got one back for the hosts late on, it wasn’t enough to inspire a Spurs comeback.

As such, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about the title returning to Anfield, 28 years since the last time the Reds clinched the league crown.

Yet the Merseysiders had to suffer heartache only back in May in the Champions League final in Kiev, although the woeful efforts of goalkeeper Loris Karius that day may well be the root of a successful Liverpool trophy hunt this term.

Ultimately, the Reds went into the showpiece against Real Madrid back in May full of confidence after an excellent run through the competition, yet they were undone by a moment of brilliance from Welshman Gareth Bale, as well as two howlers from goalkeeper Karius.

The German shot-stopper had been given the nod by Klopp at the start of 2018 to be his number one and did a decent enough job in the second half of last season, only for key mistakes in the final to underline that he simply wasn’t up to the task of being the goalkeeper Liverpool needed to go on and win trophies.

Yes, Klopp’s loyalty should be commended given he kept persevering with Karius despite uncertainty over his capabilities, yet by arguably losing the Champions League final for the Merseyside giants, the Liverpool chief acted by spending a world record fee to lure Alisson to Anfield.

The Brazil international has been widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world in recent years during his time at Roma, and while he gifted Leicester a goal in the 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium back on September 1, he has otherwise already proven to be a great signing.

The 25-year-old made key saves at key times to help Klopp’s side to three clean sheets in their opening five league games, and in conceding just twice in the first month of the campaign, it’s clear that those defensive vulnerabilities the club showed last term appear to be no more – Alisson’s arrival has played a part in that.

So while losing the Champions League final will continue to hurt Liverpool supporters, what with it now over six years since their last piece of silverware, doing so may well have paved the way for a much better shot at the Premier League title, given Karius’ shocker seemingly prompted Klopp to splash the cash on luring the accomplished Alisson to Anfield.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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