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Achterberg on Karius: You Win Together, and You Lose Together

The goalkeeper coach has nothing negative to say about the German stopper.

Liverpool Training Session Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool FC goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has written a book and is doing the rounds in the press to promote it. In an interview with Dutch outlet AD, John was asked about Loris Karius and his mistakes in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.

“You hope that your goalkeepers make as few mistakes as possible.”

“Karius making a mistake in the final against Real Madrid? You win together, and you lose together. It can make or break a career, but I can’t say anything negative about him.

“No, not even in my book. Like I said, it’s not that kind of book. People should buy other books for that.

“In my book, Klopp talks about how we work together. And how it is to work every day at perhaps the biggest club on earth.”

I’m not sure what AD expected Achterberg to say, to be honest. Loris Karius is currently at the club still, as the 4th-choice goalkeeper, after a move away from Liverpool failed to materialise in the summer transfer window. In a recent interview with German outlet BILDSport, he outlined his plans for the immediate future.

“My goal is to be under the bar every week, and we’ll see where that is.”

“There were a few clubs in the picture, but that didn’t get off the ground for various reasons.

“I’ve been out for about six weeks and I’ll try to rejoin training after the international break and get back in top shape.

“And then we’ll see what will happen in the winter.”