Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been preaching about the need for successful sides to have top goalkeepers after Liverpool number one Lorus Karius’ epic meltdown during the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday night.
Scholes won an incredible 11 Premier League titles and two UCL crowns during his glittering Old Trafford career. However, the 43-year-old revealed that much of the success the teams he played in was actually built on having top class ‘keepers like Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van der Saar between the sticks.
Liverpool’s Karius has been dominating the headlines in the last 48 hours after he made two schoolboy errors during his sides 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend.
Scholes reckons Jurgen Klopp will have known for some time already that if his team are to be successful they will need to strengthen their goalkeeper department:
“I think Liverpool know that they needed to strengthen the goalkeeping position anyway. I think they’ve known that for quite some time,” Scholes said.
“Will this speed up the process? You’d have to think so. I think they’ll be desperate for a goalkeeper.
“I know he (Klopp) has shown faith in Karius but I don’t think he’s of the quality needed if you’re going to win the Champions League, if you’re going to win a Premier League.
“We always found in our teams, we needed a top goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that, and I think Liverpool are the same.”