Graeme Souness believes that while Jurgen Klopp doesn’t necessarily want to replace Loris Karius, the imminent signing of Alisson Becker is ‘the right thing’ for the German boss to do.
Karius moved to Liverpool in 2016 from Bundesliga side Mainz, with many tipping him to go on to become the Reds long-term number one.
After playing second fiddle to Simon Mignolet for the best part of 18 months, he finally unseated the Belgian as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper early in 2018.
However, two horrifically glaring mistakes in May’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid have effectively sealed his fate, with Liverpool now willing to smash the world record (for a goalkeeper) in order to sign Brazilian international Alisson Becker in a deal worth an incredible £67 million.
Former Reds midfielder Graeme Souness has however backed the decision to bring the Roma ‘keeper to the Premier League:
“I think as much as Jurgen would have wanted to be loyal and do right by the goalkeeper, he’s got to go out and get another one,” he told Sky Sports.
“That’s simply because if Karius was to make the same mistake or a mistake in a big game, it’d be down to the manager not correcting that situation. It’s obvious to everyone – look at what happened in the Champions League final. So if Klopp is out to get Alisson or another top goalkeeper, he’s doing the right thing.”