After a prolonged period on the bench, Loris Karius seems to have make the number one jersey his own at Liverpool.
Brought in by Jurgen Klopp for £4.7 million in 2016, the German made just 16 appearances last season as he played second fiddle to Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian would start the season as the first choice once again, but after making numerous mistakes, was finally dropped for Karius.
And the former Mainz goalkeeper has well and truly seized his opportunity; now being regarded as Klopp’s first choice.
But Karius’ good form in recent weeks did not translate in his side’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
KARIUS MAKES POOR MISTAKE
Just 12 minutes into the game at Selhurst Park, Wilfried Zaha got into a dangerous position behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With the full-back beaten, Karius charged out of his goal and towards the Ivorian, but clumsily took him down.
That gave the referee no choice but to point to the spot, and Luka Milivojevic duly seized the golden opportunity to put the hosts in front.
LIVERPOOL FANS SUSPECTED THAT A MISTAKE WAS LOOMING
Although it can be argued Alexander-Arnold was as much to blame as Karius was, there was absolutely no reason to run out of goal and take Zaha down in the manner he did.
And amazingly, Liverpool fans actually suspected that the German would make a mistake in today’s game.
Dejan Lovren has done a few interviews on Sky Sports, and just after doing so would go on to make a howler. One such occasion happened when he was bullied by Romelu Lukaku against Manchester United, with the Croatian being held accountable for both of the goals they conceded.
Mignolet has also been accused of making mistakes after being interviewed before a match.
It has become somewhat of a curse for Liverpool.
So what did Karius do before the game?
Of course, he conducted an interview with Sky Sports. And naturally, it took him just 12 minutes for the curse to come into effect.
Liverpool fans were almost convinced before the game that this would happen, and unfortunately they were proven right. This has got to be one of the weirdest coincidences ever.
Nothing more depressing than seeing a Karius interview just before a game. Absolutely nailed on to make a howler now. Just wish we’d stop our players giving interviews on how much better we have become defensively and just get on with it quietly.
— Ashley Rose (@Ashleyrose66) March 31, 2018
Karius on the prematch interview, this means only one thing – an absolute howler incoming.
— George Murray (@GWFMurray) March 31, 2018
Honestly if I managed Liverpool no players would give any interviews. They’re unnecessary and lead to fuck ups. Karius’ has just given an interview about his progress so he’s guaranteed to make 14 errors today
— Macilallana (@MaccaRuss) March 31, 2018
Karius done a sky interview , massive mistake incoming this game
— Callum (@CxllumLFC) March 31, 2018
Karius with the dreaded sky interview!!!!!!!! Time for him to have a shocker now
— James Kelly (@jkjamo) March 31, 2018
HIS MISTAKE DIDN’T PROVE TOO COSTLY
Fortunately for Liverpool, Karius’ mistake didn’t prove too costly.
The visitors drew level when Sadio Mane equalised in the 49th minute, before Mohamed Salah continued his quite unbelievable run of form by netting the winner with five minutes to play.
Liverpool leapfrog bitter rivals Manchester United into second place, albeit having played two games more. Crystal Palace remain in 16th, just two points above the relegation zone.