LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's new signing goalkeeper Alisson Becker is replaced by substitute goalkeeper Loris Karius during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I loved it” – Jurgen Klopp praises Anfield reception for Loris Karius

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the Anfield support after their positive reception for Loris Karius during Liverpool’s 3-1 friendly win over Torino.

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:

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.

Meanwhile, Klopp added that Joe Gomez—who missed Tuesday’s win with a minor injury—should be fit for Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham.

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