Loris Karius insists that there are no issues caused by the uncertainty over Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The German signed for Liverpool this summer, after playing in every minute of Mainz’s 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign.
Many fans expected Karius to immediately displace Simon Mignolet on Merseyside, as the Belgium international made the joint-most defensive errors (six) of any Premier League player last season.
However, Karius suffered an injury during the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States, which ruled him out of this season’s opening five league fixtures.
The No.1 recently gained a place in the team for an EFL Cup victory over Derby County, plus league wins against Hull City and Swansea City.
With neither Liverpool stopper having kept a clean sheet in the top-flight this term, there remains a doubt over who is Jurgen Klopp’s preferred selection – and the manager has publicly refused to name his ideal starter.
Karius, though, has rejected any claims that this could cause an issue for Mignolet and himself, ahead of Monday’s meeting with Manchester United.
The 23-year-old told Premier League Productions (via the club’s official website): “Sometimes you know [if you are starting] earlier, sometimes you don’t.
“Most of the players don’t know the day before, but it’s not really a problem.
“You prepare for the game anyway so it doesn’t really make a difference if you know a month before, a week before, a day before, because it won’t really change anything in your training.”