Jurgen Klopp has revealed the reason he almost stuck with Loris Karius at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp looks to have solved his goalkeeping dilemma with the signing of Alisson Becker.

Ever since the departure of Pepe Reina, Liverpool have been searching for a truly top-level number one and it seems they finally have one now.

What appeared to be the catalyst for solving the problem was - of course - the Champions League final where the performance for Loris Karius proved costly for the Reds.

With the game at 0-0, the German shot stopper inexplicably rolled the ball to Karim Benzema who prodded Real Madrid into a second-half lead.

Things then went from bad to worse when Karius fumbled an ambitious shot from Gareth Bale into his own net, compiling the 3-1 defeat.

Karius has fallen out of favour

Not only that but since then, Karius had made errors in pre-season friendlies with Tranmere Rovers and Borussia Dortmund to further cast doubt over his future.

There is still debate over whether Karius will stay at Liverpool this summer but if he does, game-time could be extremely limited and reserved to the cup competitions.

After all, there were reports that the 25-year-old had been completely taken aback by the purchase of Alisson and escaping the limelight in England could do him a favour.


Klopp on Alisson and Karius

Well, Liverpool fans have been given some fresh insight on the whole Karius debate by none other than Klopp himself who gave a lengthy interview to German publication Kicker this week.

And to say he spoke very honestly about Karius, would be putting things mildly.

Speaking to Kicker, Klopp explained: "I didn't tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is. The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson.

"Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him.

"And how the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius.

"But we had to be professional. Our job is to have the best players on every position."

Wow. So Klopp would have signed Alisson regardless but almost felt compelled to keep Karius in light of the abuse he received. Quite the revelation.


How Karius is now coping

When asked about whether the mistakes still both Karius, he said: "I don't think so. There are worse things in the world, you should never forget that. We are talking about a luxury problem here. Who the #1 is might be decisive for some. But it isn't everything.

"Loris is a great keeper. So what he made a mistake in the preseason. A preseason is full of mistakes. Nobody is fit and you train all the time.

"Field players make tons of mistakes. Loris has to continue and work hard.

"[Karius] is now 25, at an age, in which keepers keep improving. All the best keepers make mistake. But sometimes timing is important in life. If Loris makes a mistake now it isn't cool.

"In eight years nobody will care. We are totally happy with him."

A round of applause for Klopp speaking so honesty, even if these comments will raise a few eyebrows.

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There is no doubting that Karius is a decent goalkeeper on his day yet Alisson is a step up in class, and Klopp knew that regardless of Kiev.

Ultimately, he made the decision to chase quality in amongst all the summer spending and it's for that very reason, they're considering one of the Premier League favourites.

Do you think Karius has a future at Liverpool? Have your say in the comments section below.

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