Mignolet began the season as Jurgen Klopp‘s first choice but after a series of disappointing displays was replaced by Karius on the turn of the year.
Karius has kept five clean sheets in 11 league games this season, just two fewer than Mignolet’s record in 19 outings in the English top flight.
And according to FourFourTwo, the 24-year-old is performing considerably better than his elder counterpart in terms of their save percentage in 2017/18.
Meanwhile, Karius is among the top 10 stoppers in the league, ranked at No. 9, with a save rate of 68 percent:
Premier League’s Top Goalkeepers (Save %)
- 25. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) – 59.3%
- 10. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – 67.9%
- 9. Loris Karius (Liverpool) – 68%
- 8. Fraser Forster (Southampton) – 69.1%
- 7. Karl Darlow (Newcastle) – 69.4%
- 5=. Ederson (Man City) – 69.7%
- 5=. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 69.7%
- 4. Mat Ryan (Brighton) – 70.1%
- 3. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – 70.6%
- 2. Nick Pope (Burnley) – 79.4%
- 1. David de Gea (Man United) – 81.2%
It is interesting to see a mix of goalkeepers from the top and bottom halves of the league, with sides with leakier defences often resulting in stoppers with a higher save percentage.
The simple formula is that the more shots a ‘keeper faces, the more he is likely to save; however, the measure of a top talent comes in maintaining a high save percentage despite facing few shots.
Liverpool concede the second-fewest shots per game (7.6) in the league, behind only Man City (6.3), which shows how impressive both Karius and Ederson have been.
Conversely, this highlights how lacklustre Mignolet has been in terms of shot-stopping, particularly when compared to Mat Ryan, for example, with Brighton conceding 14.5 shots per game.
It is worth noting, though, that this is no failsafe yardstick for goalkeepers, as Fraser Forster, Karl Darlow and Lukasz Fabianski are all in the top 10 despite struggling this season.
But nevertheless, as a means of comparing Klopp’s two leading candidates for the No. 1 shirt, it is clear Karius is the better option.