New Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was in fine form throughout 2015/16, including an incredible save against Borussia Monchengladbach in January.
Karius has joined the Reds in a £4.7 million this summer, moving to Merseyside from Mainz after five years with the Bundesliga outfit.
The 22-year-old became Jurgen Klopp‘s third signing of the summer, joining Marko Grujic and Joel Matip at Anfield.
Karius remains something of an unknown quantity for many Liverpool supporters, but a remarkable save from the former Germany U21 international in January provides a glimpse of his talents.
With Gladbach left-back Oscar Wendt charging to the byline to send in a cross in January’s clash with Mainz, the Swede beat Karius on the angle and found Lars Stindl in the box.
Stindl’s header was blocked on the line, setting up a powerful effort for Raffael, but with the Brazilian’s strike looking destined for the back of the net, Karius sprinted across the face of goal to make the save.
It was a moment of inspiration from Karius, showcasing his perception and strong reflexes, qualities that will make him a great fit in the Premier League.
“I’ll have to ask him how he saved that one,” Mainz winger Christian Clemens said after the game, which ended in a 1-0 win to Karius’ side.
“He wasn’t even in goal and then all of a sudden he was there. I mean, we all know he is a fantastic goalkeeper. Luckily for us, he played out of his skin today.”
Following his exploits in 2015/16, Karius has been named the Bundesliga’s second-best goalkeeper by his fellow professionals, receiving 13.6 percent of the vote in survey by Kicker.
Only Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer was voted higher, with 23.8 percent.