Liverpool goalkeeper Lloris Karius has opened up about fighting for his place in the side, and claimed it has been far from easy.
He noted that at the start of the season, he didn’t really know if he would play, and that being on the sidelines is tough especially for a keeper – but that he thinks something has changed between himself and Mignolet, and that he is now the number one stopper – and deserves to be so.
“It wasn’t easy,” he told Sky Sports.
“I knew after the first season where I had an injury, then went back in and played a few games, went back out and then Simon did well and the team qualified for the Champions League, I knew there was a possibility that in the beginning [of the next season], he would start again in the league.
“I just worked hard in training and then the games I had, I tried my best because you can only look at yourself and try to perform well.
“It’s not easy for a goalkeeper to come in and out, but that was the situation and you have to take it as it is really.
“It is difficult to say what changed about yourself but I feel good, I’ve been playing quite well so I want to keep it up and do even better.
“I know I can improve on pretty much everything, I’m 24 now so there is a lot of space for improvement.
“But the life of a goalkeeper is that you always get criticised when you have a bad day so you just have to get used to it and of course, at a club like this, it was more than I was used to so maybe that was the biggest thing.”
Liverpool may be in a good run of form, but they know that it will mean little without trophies, and while the top four looks to be set this season, they are also in the Champions League quarter finals against Manchester City – and winning against their English rivals as they have already done this season once would see them one step closer to a massive trophy.
It would be huge for Liverpool to be the last English side left in the draw, and they’ve shown time and time again in the past they can win the Champions League – and Karius will be a key figure if they want to do so again.