Loris Karius could be set to make his Liverpool home debut after Jurgen Klopp hinted that the German goalkeeper could start for their clash against Hull City at Anfield on Saturday (24 September). The manager is open to giving his first summer signing an opportunity to stake a claim to be the first choice, after suggesting that the clash against Derby County in the EFL Cup, which Karius started in, was not a real test to show his true potential.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper is yet to play in the Premier League this season due to a broken hand suffered during Liverpool's pre-season tour. Karius only recently returned from the injury and made his first competitive appearance during their clash against the Rams in the League Cup.
Simon Mignolet has been the undisputed number one at Liverpool in recent seasons, but Klopp is ready to change that and hand the Germany U21 international a chance to challenge the Belgium international. The manager is confident that either choice will provide the club with a strong option between the sticks and therefore is open to playing Karius in their next two fixtures against Hull and Swansea City before the international break.
"Let's go through a few different kinds of ways in which we could see it. Do we say, 'Okay, Loris had the game against Derby. Was it a real game for a keeper? Not really. So give him a home game' for example," Klopp said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"We could say, 'There is an international break coming up, so give Loris a home game and Swansea away' and then both have had the chance to show what they are
"It's not in doubt, it's not a test. I accept again the circumstances over the keeper's position. But in the end its 100% positive — Liverpool FC will have a very strong goalkeeper on Saturday between the posts," the German coach added.