Karius knows hard work ahead

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is aware the competition for places at the club means he cannot afford to be complacent.

The German, who was chosen ahead of the established Simon Mignolet for his Premier League debut in the 5-1 win over Hull, was signed by Jurgen Klopp from Mainz for £4.7million and the assumption was he would become the new number one.

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However, a broken hand in pre-season delayed his availability but, after a comfortable midweek run-out against Derby in the EFL Cup, he was handed the chance to stake his claim.

But despite that vote of confidence the 23-year-old knows there is still plenty of work to be done.

“Obviously we train really well because we know we have a strong opponent so I think it is positive for us and the club,” he said.

“We know we have to be at our best to play otherwise there will be another strong keeper waiting.

“It is really healthy competition and we don’t have anything against each other and we try to help each other in training and get on okay so there is no issue between us.

“The one who doesn’t play is going to be frustrated but the manager has to pick 11 players.”