Jurgen Klopp asks media to back off Loris Karius following latest howler

Loris Karius

GETTY Loris Karius is still Liverpool's No1 heading into the new season

And the German was once again embarrassed after fumbling in goal for Liverpool in their pre-season friendly at Tranmere last night.

The Germany international's lapses of concentration in Kiev back in May cost Jurgen Klopp's side the chance of claiming their sixth European crown as Real Madrid secured a 3-1 victory.

Already, however, Klopp has been made to look foolish for thinking Karius can overcome his failures as the 25-year-old failed to deal with a sweetly struck strike against Tranmere, allowing the Rovers to score from the rebound.

'You can stop it by not asking, promise?

While senior figures like Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have to convince Klopp that they are better value than pursuing a forward in the transfer market.

After the pre-season friendly, Klopp was quick to defend his goalkeeper and while I expect nothing less from him, I really hope it's not an indication that Karius will continue between the sticks next season.

"Two brilliant footballers make this mistake, which one was the bigger?"

He said: "No one likes that goal but, if we talk about that, then the second goal is Milly's [James Milner's] fault".

With Kent and Wilson having been amongst the goals against Chester in the previous match, Klopp really does now have a headache, with each Liverpool youngster desperate for a break. We play the games, we have the training sessions, they are nice fellas so it's nice to have them around and then let's see how it fits at the end. "That's the situation - 3-2, nobody injured and everybody had 45 minutes [of] intensity That's what we wanted".

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