Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he considered pulling out of a deal for Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker due to the criticism aimed to German goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The Reds spent £67m to secure the services of the Brazil international keeper from AS Roma in July, two months on from Karius’s howlers in the Champions League final loss to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Liverpool head-coach is adamant that German keeper’s display in Kiev was not the catalyst for change, but, and he nearly stuck with his German compatriot.
“We simply identified another keeper, who is better, and signed him,” he told Kicker. “I didn’t tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is. The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson.
“Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him. How the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius.
“But we had to be professional. Our job is to have the best players on every position. [Karius] is now 25, at an age, in which keepers keep improving. All the best keepers make mistakes.
“But sometimes timing is important in life. If Loris makes a mistake now it isn’t cool. In eight years nobody will care. We are totally happy with him.”
The Merseyside Reds are believed to be open to offers for German goalkeeper, who has previously been rumoured with a switch to Besiktas.