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Loris Karius Reflects On "Positive" Competition With Mignolet

Liverpool's new number one goalkeeper talked about winning the job after his summer injury.

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Last week, goalkeeper Loris Karius made his long-awaited debut for Liverpool against Derby Country after returning from a broken hand injury suffered in the pre-season. He retained his place in the side this past weekend in a 5-1 blowout win over Hull City and is now penciled in as the club's starting shot stopper.

Though he has yet to make many saves this year due to the nature of the past two matches, it's a positive sign that he's been able to make a full recovery from his injury and get back on the pitch. He discussed what it's been like to be starting for Liverpool over the past week.

"I was feeling good in training and I was happy to get my first start against Derby," Karius said (via the Echo). "I was feeling totally fine with no worries about the hand any more so I am 100 percent now."

"I got told on Friday that I was playing. It wasn't the busiest day for me against Hull but the team did a really good job and it was a good feeling to be in goal," he added.

Karius also spoke about his ongoing competition with Simon Mignolet, which started during the summer when he was signed from Mainz.

"The competition with [Mignolet] is good," Karius said. "I think it is positive for us and for the club that we know we have to be at our best to play otherwise there will be another strong keeper who is waiting."

"It is really healthy competition and we don't have anything against each other. We try to help each other in training and we get on okay so there is no issue between us. The one who doesn't play is going to be a bit frustrated but that's football - the manager has to pick 11 players."

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