Liverpool star midfielder Emre Can has backed the Reds summer signing Loris Karius to shine, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The German goalkeeper made the move to Merseyside from Mainz 05 over the summer transfer window and has recently overtaken Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s first choice keeper.
However, Karius has experinced several nervy moments in goal since dislodging Mignolet. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg is using rugby-style tackle bags with Karius in training at Melwood.
Can has defended his teammates Karius during a recent interview with the Echo. The 22-year-old stated that Karius will improve further as he adapts to the Premier League.
“Of course we speak a lot because we are from the same country,” Can was quoted as saying by the Echo.
“I knew Loris already from playing together for the national team many years ago.
“He’s a great lad and a very, very good goalkeeper. It’s a little bit different here from the Bundesliga but he’s well aware of that. I think he’s been doing very well so far and the fact that he kept a clean sheet recently against Manchester United is a big thing.
“It is the same if an outfield player scores a goal in that it helps your confidence. If a goalkeeper doesn’t concede, that will help him.
“As soon as I saw him (after he signed for Liverpool), I said that he just had to play with the confidence that he played with in the Bundesliga, because I saw a lot of his matches with Mainz and could only say positive things about him. I saw that he’s a very good goalkeeper.
“Our attacking football starts for the goalkeeper. We are a team that wants to play and Loris is a good footballer with the ball at his feet so that’s very important to us.”
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eleven games and find themselves in joint first place in the Premier league with 23 points from ten games.
Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Watford Fc in their next Premier League fixture this weekend.