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Liverpool pariah Karius no better than Adrian

Loris Karius is unlikely to ever get another chance at Liverpool, given that Adrian is actually a better goalkeeper than the on-loan pariah.

On the chalkboard

Karius, of course, was at the centre of much outrage after the 2018 Champions League final, as he made two horrendous mistakes en route to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

So bad was the backlash, he was sent on loan in the subsequent transfer window and has been with Besiktas ever since.

His short-term stay will come to an end this summer, though, and one has to think that he may be hopeful of fighting for his place in Jurgen Klopp’s XI.

Indeed, fans also targeted Adrian after a mistake against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League as the Reds were eliminated.

However, statistically, Karius, who cost £4.7m when he was signed from Mainz, simply doesn’t stack up.

This season, he has made 25 starts for Besiktas and has conceded 29 goals, at a rate of 1.16 per game, per fbref.

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He has kept eight clean sheets in that time, meaning he has a clean sheet percentage of 32%, and he has been on the losing side seven times this term, while they have drawn five games and won 13.

In addition to that, he has a passing accuracy of 66.3%, per WhoScored.

Adrian, by comparison, has made 11 appearances in the Premier League, with nine starts, per fbref.

In that time, he has conceded 10 goals, at a rate of 1.03 per game.

While he does have a lower clean sheet percentage than Karius – 22.2% – he has never once been on the losing side in the league, and he has a passing accuracy of 71.9%.

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No second chance

Karius will surely be cut adrift this summer.

Reports claim that Sporting Lisbon are interested in ending his Anfield nightmare and it would be a move that suits all parties involved, giving the German stopper a chance at a fresh start.

Adrian, meanwhile, may have made an error against Atletico but one has to think that unless he is guilty of a particularly egregious error before the summer, he will be kept on as deputy to Alisson Becker.

As the stats show, he is more than capable.

Karius, unfortunately, isn’t.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mane’s future is up in the air!

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