Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has vowed to prove himself at Anfield next season as the German targets the number one position for the Reds.
Karius joined Liverpool from Mainz 05 last summer, but an indifferent first campaign in England saw the 24-year-old feature in just 10 Premier League fixtures.
Indeed, the former Germany Under-21 international spent much of the second half of the season on the bench due to the form of Simon Mignolet, who had been tipped to leave the English giants last summer.
Karius is now back with the Liverpool squad for pre-season training, and the stopper has insisted that he will enter the 2017-18 campaign as a better player.
Karius told Liverpool’s official website:
“It feels good to be back. I didn’t have an easy first season with a bit of a struggle and injuries. Now I want to prove myself, do better than last season and win the shirt back.
“It was a new experience for me, with a lot to learn. Even in the negative spell, I took positives out of it and learned a lot that was new to me. I feel strong mentally and also on the pitch. I want to prove myself.”
Liverpool will begin their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday, before taking on Wigan Athletic two days later.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who will also feature in the Premier League Asia Trophy during pre-season, begin their Premier League campaign away to Watford on August 12.
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