Klopp: Karius concussion explains his mistakes

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

Keita has joined from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig and has been enjoying the start of pre-season training with manager Jurgen Klopp and his new teammates. That's clear." "So, from this point of view, from my side everything is fine.

Karius will make his first appearance since the final as Liverpool begin their pre-season schedule at Chester on Saturday.

"They have a terrific manager leading the charge and they have started making improvements and as a fan and an ex-player it is great to see".

He added: "If you ask Loris, he says he didn't think about it and didn't use it for a second as an excuse".

"The form, how they played against City, they have proved they are capable".

But Gerrard believes the German keeper can bounce back.

While Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United were reported suitors for Fabinho, he denied being close to signing for the Red Devils. "I'm a lot of things but not blind, so that means I see what they offer - and if someone offers something special then I will realise it and we will make decisions about it".

"The starting 11 is very strong".

Loris was at fault for two of the goals Liverpool conceded in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Gerrard, though, has suggested that the former Germany Under-21 worldwide could come good. "I was really anxious during all of the negotiations, so when it was time for me to sign the contract I couldn't have been happier - a dream come true". "It feels a bit like I am familiar with everything and I never left, so it was easier for me to integrate back into the group".

The experienced defender is predominantly a centre-back but he's capable of playing anywhere across the back four so his versatility would be a useful asset for Klopp if Liverpool were able to get a deal agreed. That was, for me, the explanation and I thought: 'OK, come on, we need to check that'.

Klopp, who will be under pressure to deliver some silverware this season after taking Liverpool to three finals and losing all of them, says it took a phone call from German legend Franz Beckenbauer - who spoke to "Germany's most famous doctor" - to convince him it had been concussion.

"He is young so we don't want to bin a good goalkeeper because he does have the potential to be very good".

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