Klopp backs Kar­ius to si­lence crit­ics

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Jur­gen Klopp has urged Liver­pool goal­keeper Loris Kar­ius to “close his ears” to crit­i­cism ahead of to­day’s Pre­mier League clash with West Ham.

Bournemouth clinched a dra­matic 4-3 vic­tory over Liver­pool last week­end af­ter Kar­ius fum­bled a shot from Steve Cook in stop­page­time which al­lowed Nathan Ake to bun­dle the ball into the net. Kar­ius, who joined Liver­pool from Bun­desliga out­fit Mainz in May, dis­placed Si­mon Mig­no­let as Klopp’s first choice and is set to keep his place at An­field this week­end de­spite the costly mis­take.

“I heard the crit­i­cism was very harsh. When we an­a­lysed the game I found eight play­ers who could have de­fended the goal be­fore Loris was in­volved,” Klopp said.

“He made a mis­take too. Even the best goal­keep­ers in the world still make mis­takes. We know we have to deal with pres­sure. “There is no per­fect recipe for de­vel­op­ment but close your ears helps a lot. I am quite good at this ac­tu­ally. Hope­fully he can adapt to my skills.” Liver­pool are boosted by the re­turn of cen­tre-back Joel Matip, who missed the de­feat to Bournemouth with an an­kle in­jury. But Eng­land striker Daniel Stur­ridge will miss the fix­ture against the Ham­mers af­ter he was ruled out of Liver­pool’s next two matches with a calf in­jury. Stur­ridge has not fea­tured for the Reds since a 12-minute cameo in the goal­less draw with Southamp­ton on Novem­ber 19. No spe­cific timescale has been put on the 27-year-old’s re­turn by Klopp, although the Ger­man hinted he may be avail­able for the Mersey­side derby on De­cem­ber 19.

Stur­ridge has fre­quently strug­gled in De­cem­ber and has not started a sin­gle Pre­mier League match for the Reds in the month since he joined in Jan­uary 2013. The Eng­land international’s last start in the month came for Chelsea on New Year’s Eve 2011 against As­ton Villa.

“He won’t be with the team. I have no idea when he will be back. What can you do? Noth­ing. Wait. That is my job,” said Klopp. “He is not in train­ing with the team at the mo­ment so we don’t have to think about him for the team with West Ham and Mid­dles­brough, but maybe af­ter then.”

Mean­while, Slaven Bilic ad­mits he felt hu­mil­i­ated af­ter last week­end’s 5-1 home de­feat to Arse­nal left West Ham hov­er­ing one place above the rel­e­ga­tion places.

Ham­mers boss Bilic has so far strug­gled to main­tain the progress from last sea­son, but he main­tains he has the full sup­port of the club. “I feel the sup­port, I have said it so many times,” he said. “In the con­ver­sa­tion we had this week, I felt the sup­port. “I spoke a few times about it, with my squad, and I know what we achieved last sea­son and it is time for us to turn it around. “We had meet­ings with the squad and in­di­vid­u­ally and the only way we can get out of the sit­u­a­tion is to train hard and hope the luck comes on our side. Keep go­ing and keep work­ing.—AFP

SUITA: Club Amer­ica’s Oribe Per­alta, right, and team head coach Ri­cardo La Volpe, left, at­tend the of­fi­cial press con­fer­ence at the FIFA Club World Cup soc­cer tour­na­ment at Suita City Foot­ball Sta­dium in Suita, west­ern Ja­pan, yes­ter­day. Club Amer­ica will fight against Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors to­day. — AP

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