Klopp on switching keepers (again): “Life is not always the nicest”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to drop oft-criticized keeper Loris Karius for Wednesday’s blowout of Middlesbrough.

Klopp went back to Simon Mignolet after spending the past few days defending the performances of Karius.

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So why the change of heart? Was it just gamesmanship?

From the BBC:

“Life is not always the nicest but these are my boys and for me it is important to push them and protect them and sometimes I have to make decisions I don’t like. I know how strong Loris is, but he couldn’t show it in the last few games.

“Judging him in this moment makes no sense. Simon Mignolet is on the bench and we have to have competition. It’s all about Liverpool. The boys have good character. Karius is still a great keeper.”

There’s something to be said for having a clear No. 1, but if strong clubs can manage rotating keepers throughout competition then this may not be a huge problem for Liverpool. What do you think?

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