Reds turn to ‘rugby’
Liverpool help Karius to toughen up
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.