Jurgen Klopp, unconvinced by Simon Mignolet, signed Germany Under-21 international Loris Karius in the summer to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The 23-year-old impressed in the Bundesliga with Klopp’s former club Mainz, where he spent four years, and the ‘keeper has enjoyed a reasonably decent start to his spell at Anfield.
Karius, who cost €10 million, missed the start of the campaign after suffering a broken hand in pre-season and has, at times, looked a little shaky since making his Premier League debut in September.
Having cottoned on to the fact Karius looks a little uncomfortable at the moment, teams have deliberately targeted the German, who has appeared particularly vulnerable when high balls have been fired into his penalty area.
This was evident in Liverpool’s 4-2 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Liverpool introduce special training drills for Karius
In order to help Karius become more confident playing in England’s top flight, Liverpool have introduced a series of special drills at their Melwood training ground to help improve his education.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that Liverpool’s goalkeeper coach, John Achterberg, has been using rugby tackle pads in a bid to toughen up the Reds’ summer signing.
Liverpool hope the pads will help Karius during matches when it comes to claiming crosses under pressure and fighting his way through crowds to claim the ball.
Another drill involves Karius weaving past mannequins while Achterberg and Mignolet take it in turns to push or block him.
Klopp explains why the drills are used
“John usually does it (pushes the keepers) with his hands,” Klopp said. “Of course, that's important. It is different things you have to do as a coach.
“First (Loris) has to learn the technique, then you have to adapt to the real circumstances — six, seven players around him.
“No one gets out of your way. That's (how it is) for goalkeepers in the Premier League.”
Interestingly, though, Karius has a 100 per cent success rate in the Premier League this season when it comes to catching crosses.
Klopp: Karius will learn from these experiences
Klopp, meanwhile, believes his No. 1 goalkeeper will learn from experiences like Selhurst Park.
“West Brom was the same, it was pretty much the same against Manchester United,” Klopp added.
“That's goalkeeping life. You cannot say, "No long balls in the box!" and if there are, immediately whistle. That's not how it works.
“So we need to prepare the boys. That's what John is doing.”
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