Lampard questions Klopp’s keeper approach

Date published: Friday 15th September 2017 11:20

Frank Lampard believes Jurgen Klopp’s goalkeeper rotation system at Liverpool is the wrong approach.

Simon Mignolet has started five of Liverpool’s seven games this season, with Loris Karius playing the other two, including Wednesday night’s 2-2 ANfield draw with Sevilla.

Klopp admitted last month that Mignolet was his “clear number one” but he rested him for the 4-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League and the 2-2 Champions League draw with Sevilla opting for Karius instead.

Lampard though disagrees with the German’s decision to alternate goalkeepers and says it’s crucial to build confidence in your No. 1.

“I don’t agree (with it),” Lampard said on BT Sport. “I don’t think it’s an old school view, I think it’s a very common view.

“You have your No 1 goalkeeper, you want to put confidence into him.

“You want to make him feel like he’s the No 1, the team will react off him being the No 1.

“Unless he performs badly enough to become the No 2, I think that’s how it works.

“Competition is a good thing but if Jurgen Klopp is basically saying ‘I am going to keep chopping and changing’ where is the consistency for them to get their good performance?”

Klopp though last month claimed the goalkeeper’s position is different to any outfield player, he said: “Intensity for a goalkeeper is different, it’s not a physical intensity. It’s a mental intensity.

“We created a situation before the season that we said we wanted to have three really strong goalkeepers, that’s our situation now.”

Karius was signed from Mainz for £5.5million in the summer of 2016 to compete with Mignolet, but he got injured in pre-season and only went on to play 10 Premier League games last season.


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