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Published: 22:13 | 13/9/17

Karius to start for CL Sevilla clash


Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool's visit of Sevilla.

The Merseysiders are making a return to Champions League football after a three-year absence and will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's 5-0 hammering at Manchester City.

Their opponents are the side who came from behind to beat them in the Europa League final 16 months ago but with Wednesday night's game at Anfield, Liverpool will be hopeful of getting revenge.

Karius, who was recalled for the 4-0 victory over Arsenal before moving back down to the bench for the City match to make way for Simon Mignolet, appears to have every chance of establishing himself as his number one goalkeeper according to Klopp.

“If nothing happens overnight then Loris will start, yes, but no it doesn’t mean that [he is now the established number one],” Klopp said.

“Why do we think number one, two, three is fixed until the end of all days?

“I don’t want to bring that in doubt but how can you ask if he’s number one? By the way, it’s not that he shouldn’t be number one.

“If they train bad they don’t deserve a game, but they both train really well, they keep the level really high.

“If we don’t give them a game then every year we have to find a number two, 33 years old, who still can catch a few balls and doesn’t want to play any more – that’s really difficult, to find someone like that.

“I prefer having a group of good goalkeepers and that means you have to change things.

“That’s the plan. Not to keep them happy, no, to use the quality of the goalkeepers and that’s how it is, to keep them altogether and then they will decide with the performance who will play.

“Are all players happy with the decision? I don’t know – it’s nothing I can think about too much.

“Could he prove something? I think he did [in the victory over Arsenal].

“He was very cool with the ball, I know for some people too cool with the ball but that can happen with no rhythm, so now he has had the game it helped him a lot, us also and now he will start tomorrow.”

Liverpool's Champions League opener against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night is live on BT Sport2, kick-off 7.45pm

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