Loris Karius is statistically having a better season than David de Gea

Remember that viral image from Sky Sports asking which was the better goalkeeper – David de Gea or Loris Karius?

Classic. Of course, it seemed a silly question to ask at the time and De Gea was being widely accepted as the best goalkeeper in the world, hoovering up awards at Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Karius was producing decent performances at Liverpool, but was always susceptible to the very mistakes that would disastrously rear their head in Kiev.

Two absolute clangers during that fateful Champions League final would effectively end Karius’ Liverpool career and see him shipped off to Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

Given the form of replacement Alisson Becker, it seems unlikely that the German will ever pull on the famous jersey again despite his promising recent form in Turkey.


Despite a rather public blip in March, Karius appears to be back on track and was openly applauded by supporters this week for saving a penalty against Ankaragucu.

De Gea, on the other hand, is experiencing a real tough time back in England and has accumulated mistakes against Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea.

As a result, the United goalkeeper has been accruing some rather unfortunate statistics this season and they look very interesting when compared to Karius.


Now, the Premier League is a much tougher competition than the Super Lig, but the numbers still make for an interesting contrast and it seems that Karius holds the advantage.

Using the data collected by WhoScored.com and SofaScore, some of the key comparisons can be seen down below:

League goals conceded

De Gea – 53

Karius – 39

Average match rating

De Gea – 6.46

Karius – 6.70

Errors leading to goals

De Gea – 4

Karius – 0

Goals conceded per game

De Gea – 1.4

Karius – 1.2

Penalties saved

De Gea – 0

Karius 1

Pass success percentage

De Gea – 58.8%

Karius – 60.1%

Don’t panic too much United fans, there are a few areas where De Gea comes out on top and the Spaniard does boast one more clean sheet than his former Liverpool rival.

Technically, he also averages more saves saves per game – although the difference is minuscule – but has been dribbled past more and completes fewer ‘accurate passes.’ 

Now, of course, De Gea is without a doubt the better goalkeeper objectively, but if you were to base the argument on the last couple of weeks alone, then the decision is much tougher.

De Gea has still produced some stunning performances this season – lest we forget the Tottenham display – yet there have been more than enough errors to raise alarm bells.

And seeing as Karius has sadly become a benchmark for mistake-prone goalkeepers, it’s hard not to let the statistics speak for themselves. Make of them what you will.