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Loris Karius makes howler before pre-season friendly

Loris Karius makes howler before pre-season friendly

Liverpool had their first day of pre-season training on Monday, and they play their opening fixture on Saturday at Chester FC.

While Karius was hardly tested during his first-half cameo, he struggled with a couple of shots in the warm-up - the second, in particular, was not pretty.

He was making fairly routine saves but then suddenly dropped one into his goal in scenes that were reminiscent of his display in Kiev around six weeks ago.

Goalkeeper is an area which fans want strengthening but Klopp seems set to continue with Loris Karius, who made two costly mistakes in the Champions League final even though it was later revealed he was suffering from concussion.

Klopp said Karius and his team-mates have put the defeat to Madrid behind them, despite the intense media interest around the game. "We don't use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation", Klopp claimed.

'Now people could think for us it is the explanation - and for me it is 100 per cent the explanation and that's all'.




'He was influenced by that knock, that is 100 per cent.

The original collision with Ramos went virtually unnoticed and Karius' concussion was not discovered until five days later, when the player went for assessments while on holiday in the United States. It's really not important what the people say. That's always important, that's what analysis should be: you explain why things happen.

Asked whether they could close the 25-point gulf to City, having been only one of two sides to beat them in the league, Gerrard added: "The million dollar question".

It was recently suggested by the Liverpool Echo that Jurgen Klopp is ready to give Divock Origi another chance in the Liverpool first team next season, but he'll have to make more of an impression than he did against Chester recently.

"We are in July, we started the preseason a year ago in July, so for 12 months these boys have had three weeks off". We do not use it as an excuse.


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