Karius replaced new first-choice goalkeeper Alisson midway through the second half on Tuesday night, for his first outing at the Reds’ stadium since the end of last season.
The 25-year-old endured a nightmare outing in the Champions League final in May, and has since struggled throughout pre-season and seen his place as No. 1 usurped.
But while his position within the squad is in doubt, Karius was given support from all corners of Anfield as he made his second-half cameo:
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Speaking after the game, Klopp explained that Anfield’s reception “helps everybody,” as a much-needed gesture of ongoing support for the under-fire German:
“It helps everybody.
“I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this. I loved it, to be honest.
“Is it possible being different in a really hard world? Yes, I think it is possible.
“We showed tonight a really nice face and I liked it. It helps not only Loris, it helps Alisson as well, that you can see this is a very special place.
“It was a really big gesture.”
Karius could still depart the club in the coming days, with interest from the Bundesliga, but Klopp’s praise underlines the importance of approaching his mistakes from a human perspective.
He remains a Liverpool player, and if he stays on Merseyside being the end of the transfer window he requires this level of support as Alisson‘s deputy.