Loris Karius has revealed emerging as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper, was no easy feat, as it was tough going up against Simon Mignolet.
Jurgen Klopp had not made his choice on his man between the sticks, and had the pair slug it out.
Karius was eventually named as the first choice goalie, but he says it was not easy getting the shirt.
“It wasn’t easy,” Karius told Sky Sports. “I knew after the first season where I had an injury, then went back in and played a few games, went back out and then Simon did well and the team qualified for the Champions League, I knew there was a possibility that in the beginning [of the next season], he would start again in the league.
“I just worked hard in training and then the games I had, I tried my best because you can only look at yourself and try to perform well. It’s not easy for a goalkeeper to come in and out, but that was the situation and you have to take it as it is really.
“It is difficult to say what changed about yourself but I feel good, I’ve been playing quite well so I want to keep it up and do even better. I know I can improve on pretty much everything, I’m 24 now so there is a lot of space for improvement.
“But the life of a goalkeeper is that you always get criticised when you have a bad day so you just have to get used to it and of course, at a club like this, it was more than I was used to so maybe that was the biggest thing.”