Loris Karius Wants To Challenge Alisson For Liverpool Number Number 1 Shirt
Loris Karius is hoping to challenge Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the number one spot at Anfield, and won't leave the Reds' unless it's for guaranteed first team football.
His mistakes in the final coupled with the signing of Alisson led to him being sent on loan to Besiktas but the deal was ended prematurely earlier this year and now he wants to challenge again.
"Of course I have to be playing if I actually change clubs," Karius told Transfermarkt about any future move away from the club, "It makes no sense to say I'm leaving Liverpool for a worse club and I'm only number two there. But I'm not in a pressure situation at all, I don't have to change.
"I can accelerate in training at Liverpool. As the second-choice goalkeeper in England you know that you get your chances.
"I am currently at the best club in the world, who are competing for trophies, and I have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be in Liverpool. I have great conditions there.
"I want to stay healthy and play at a high level for as long as possible. Of course, as a footballer, I want to win one or two trophies. I want to get the best possible performance out of myself.
"It is the same with Liverpool, where I am the challenger. When I am asked, I am there to perform and help the team. No matter whether as No. 1 or No. 2, I will always do my best."
The German is unlikely to budge Alisson from top spot on the pecking order, with the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time impressing since moving from Roma in 2018 and, combined with the signing of Virgil van Dijk, turning Klopp' team into one of the best defensive units in the world.
However, Karius isn't actually that impressed with his teammate and claimed he wasn't an 'outstanding' keeper, unlike Manuel Neuer. "At the moment there is probably not one outstanding goalkeeper who is above everyone else, as maybe a few years ago with Manuel Neuer," the former Mainz keeper added.
"Neuer is performing well. Marc-Andre ter Stegen delivers great performances in Barcelona. There is also a Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid. Alisson did a great job last year and won the biggest trophy. It's hard to commit to a candidate."
Alisson missed out through injury at the beginning of this season, including missing the UEFA Super Cup, with Adrian filling in for 11 games in the league, and Karius will also have to battle past the former West Ham keeper just to be second choice.
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