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Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp to hand Champions League start to keeper Loris Karius

Back-up keeper to return to the starting line-up for European tie

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 10:13am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 10:13am

Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool against NK Maribor in Tuesday’s Champions League clash, Juergen Klopp said on Monday.

Liverpool’s manager is sticking with his policy of rotating goalkeepers, with the German replacing Belgium’s Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s draw against Manchester United.

“Loris will start. If nothing happens from here on the way to Maribor, then Loris will start,” said Klopp as Liverpool’s 21-man squad flew to Slovenia.

Klopp would not be drawn on how many other changes Liverpool would make but confirmed they have no new injury problems. “We will see about rotation. I don’t think it is necessary, but maybe one, two, three or four changes [will be made]. We will see.”

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The game will be the second of three in the space of eight days for Liverpool, sandwiched between last Saturday’s visit of United and next Sunday’s trip to Wembley to face Spurs.

Liverpool are second in their Champions League group, having drawn their opening two games. Maribor are bottom with one point.