Klopp drops Karius for Middlesbrough clash

Klopp drops Karius for Middlesbrough clash

Jurgen Klopp has dropped goalkeeper Loris Karius
for Liverpool's Premier League match at
Middlesbrough, with Simon Mignolet returning to
the team in his place.
Karius has made high-profile mistakes in his
side's last two matches - the dramatic late 4-3
defeat at Bournemouth on December 4 and
Sunday's 2-2 draw against West Ham.
The 23-year-old was defended by manager Klopp
after the game after he had been criticised by club
icon Jamie Carragher.
Klopp also slammed Gary and Phil Neville, both of
who played for the Reds' arch rivals Manchester
United in their playing careers, for their negative
television comments about Karius, but has still
opted to replace the German for Wednesday's
game with Boro.
Mignolet returns to the team for his first Premier
League appearance since September 16.
Confirmed #LFC squad to face @Boro this
evening #MIDLIV pic.twitter.com/
G6xvAZzkwY
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 14,
2016
The Belgium international, 28, has only played in
two League Cup matches since originally losing his
number one spot to Karius.
In 10 Premier League matches this season, Karius
conceded 12 goals, compared to eight for Mignolet
in his five top-flight outings.
Mignolet averages a goal conceded every 56
minutes, with Karius faring better on 75.
The German also has a superior save percentage –
62.5 per cent compared to 55.6 per cent, although
he had made two direct errors leading to goals –
compared to none for his team-mate.
Liverpool team to play Middlesbrough: Mignolet,
Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson,
Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi.
Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Alexander,
Woodburn, Ejaria.

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