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Klopp defends Karius U-turn: “Things in football change”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his U-turn over Loris Karius’ future by saying that “things in football change”

The German goalkeeper has been the focal point of criticism directed at the Liverpool following his two costly errors in May’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Klopp had initially defended Karius and backed his compatriot to recover.

But, after some more errors by Karius in pre-season, Klopp went ahead and signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker for £67m.

Now Karius is set to leave for Besiktas with the Turkish side having accidentally confirmed the move on Friday evening.

“There’s nothing new about Loris’ actual situation,” said Klopp, according to Goal.

“Nothing’s decided. If it happens, that’s how things go in football. That can happen.

“As a manager you usually don’t need that much time between one game and the other game to get the sack. But it’s not the sack, it’s only a change if it’s like that.

“That’s football. No problem with that. Whatever. Things in football change. If they change, then we speak about that. Before that, I have nothing to say about that.”

Liverpool will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield today.

But Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will likely remain absent from the squad until after the international break while he recovers from a pelvis issue.

“He’s coming closer but he’s not really around team training at the moment,” Klopp said.

“I am not 100 per cent what he is doing today. He will not be involved in that [Brighton] game, and I am pretty sure he has no chance for the Leicester [City] game.

“Then hopefully after the international break he will be ready to go, that would be nice.

“That was the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems. We always thought if we could give him that time, then that would be cool.”

Liverpool have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.