Reds turn to ‘rugby’

Liver­pool help Kar­ius to toughen up

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - LIVER­POOL /

Liver­pool have been rough­ing up Loris Kar­ius with rugby tackle pads in train­ing to help the goal­keeper adapt to the phys­i­cal­ity of the Premier League, man­ager Juer­gen Klopp has said.

The 23-year-old Kar­ius, who joined from Ger­man side Mainz 05 dur­ing the close sea­son, has usurped Si­mon Mig­no­let in the start­ing line-up but is yet to win over the Liver­pool faith­ful fol­low­ing a string of er­ratic per­for­mances.

Goal­keep­ing coach John Achter­berg has been pic­tured at the club’s train­ing ground chal­leng­ing Kar­ius for high balls while hold­ing a rugby tackle bag.

“John Achter­berg usu­ally does it with his hands but it’s bet­ter to use some­thing else,” Klopp told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Of course that’s im­por­tant. There are dif­fer­ent things you have to do as a coach.”

“First, as a keeper you have to learn the tech­nique then you have to adapt to the real cir­cum­stances - hav­ing six, seven play­ers around you,” Klopp added.

“No-one gets out of your way. It is com­pletely the op­po­site. They want to dis­turb your way.

“It was spe­cific train­ing for goal­keep­ers in the Premier League. That’s goal­keep­ing life. You can’t change this ... so we need to pre­pare the boys and that’s what John is do­ing.”

Liver­pool have been in fine form this sea­son and sit third in the Premier League, be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City only on goal dif­fer­ence.

The Mersey­side club sev­enth-placed Wat­ford Sun­day.

Mean­while Liver­pool mid­fielder Jor­dan Hen­der­son says it is too soon to talk about win­ning the ti­tle.

He said the side must keep their feet on the ground af­ter Satur­day’s 4-2 win over Crys­tal Palace kept them hot on the heels of Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City.

Liver­pool, who won the last of their 18 English league ti­tles in 1990, are un­beaten in eight league games and trail City and sec­ond-placed Arse­nal only on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter 10 games. host on


Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp with Loris Kar­ius.

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