The topic of goalkeeping understudy to Alisson at Liverpool has generated debate among some Reds fans as Loris Karius is set to return to the club following the premature termination of his loan deal with Besiktas this week.
While the Brazilian has one of the best clean sheet records in the Premier League, the German’s Liverpool career has been overshadowed by two calamitous mistakes in the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Adrian, who has deputised for Alisson when he has been injured this season, also erred badly on the European stage, his misdirected clearance leading to a goal for Atletico Madrid which sparked their comeback in a 3-2 win at Anfield last month.
With Loris Karius all but set to return to Liverpool after terminating his contract with Besiktas, who would you rather see as number two behind Alisson?
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 22, 2020
With both Karius and Adrian having copped abuse from some fans on social media after their high-profile howlers, Twitter channel @AnfieldEdition asked followers which of the two they would prefer as Alisson’s go-to deputy, or whether they would rather see someone else brought into that role.
Many Reds supporters went for the latter option and called for either another goalkeeper at the club to be promoted to the role of number two or for an alternative to be signed from elsewhere. One Kopite gave the tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the versatile James Milner would be a goalkeeping upgrade on both Karius and Adrian:
I’d rather put Milner in goals
— Killian (@LFCkillian) April 22, 2020
We need to get in early on a proper world class goalkeeper who’s willing to come and learn. Someone like Costa from Porto
— InvertedWingbacks (@InvWingbacks) April 22, 2020
Grabara or Kelleher should be given a chance. Karius should be made to train with U18’s.
— Priyansh Ajania (@priyansh_ajania) April 22, 2020
I’d bring back Reina
— Aimed (@HamourAimad) April 22, 2020
let both of them go and get De Gea as a backup.
— Grantaire (@albinitjeter) April 22, 2020
— alexander saxon (@ahmadtohariii) April 22, 2020
I would love tó see Gulácsi in a Liverpool Jersey again. ?
— Fülöp Pisti (@Flpisti) April 22, 2020
— didit aditya?? (@diditaditya9) April 22, 2020
Liverpool fans, would you rather have Karius or Adrian as Alisson’s number two, or should the Reds look elsewhere for a reliable backup to the Brazilian? Join in the discussion by commenting below!