The Premier League is a tough hunting ground for new goalkeepers coming from countries with different footballing cultures and philosophies. Goalkeeping in England, over the years has been about being extremely vocal, good at crosses and being a great shot-stopper. A vivid example is the case of David De Gea who was brought in to fill in the legendary shoes of Edwin Van der Sar. He struggled initially but it is hard to find a better goalkeeper in the country than the 26-year-old Spaniard.
For Loris Karius, however, the road has not been easier. Brought in by Jurgen Klopp to provide competition for Simon Mignolet, the 22-year-old former Mainz shot-stopper got injured in pre-season, and has since not looked the part of the calming influence at the back that Klopp initially sought him out to be, with sections of the English press calling for him to be dropped.
Countryman, Emre Can is singing his praises, saying he should be given time to acclimatize to the fast paced English game. He also added that he kept track of Karius’ performances in Germany, and that he is a very good goalkeeper. Can said, “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.”
The German has been working hard with John Achterberg, who is helping him with the process of adapting to Premier League football. He will get the chance to show what he has learnt when the Reds face Watford on Sunday.