Playing regularly is, of course, the ambition of any footballer. Karius is no different in that respect, and he explained how doing so enables him to build up a relationship with the defenders in front of him.
“Of course it helps. We train together pretty much every day but a competitive game is something else, of course, so it helps not just me but every one in front,” he said.
I think Virgil came in in the winter and you can see how he’s adapted now, he’s been playing very well recently [but] you could see in the first few games he needed some time to adapt to it.
So I think it helps, it’s a good thing, I think, for the defence in general that we’re all getting used to each other and doing well.
I just try to be there for the team when they need me, make some saves and keep the team in the game.
So it’s good if I can help out like this, that’s my job, that’s what I want to do. That’s what I expect from myself so I don’t need too much praise for it, really.
That’s what I’m there for and I’ll try to do that again in the next coming weeks when the team needs me, try to make the saves, but of course when you play every week then the confidence is there and game time every week helps to find your rhythm and improve on things."
No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets in this season’s UCL than Karius - ‘it would be great to keep that record until the end of the competition,’ he said - but there is no chance of him resting on his laurels. “Everything, really. You’re never perfect,” he replied, when asked what he and the Reds’ defence can look to enhance further. "Communication-wise, if it’s the build-up from the back, if it’s the decision-making in general, there’s always room for improvement, so we work on that every day on the training pitch to bring it down on the matchday.
The ‘perfect game’, I don’t know if it exists like this, there will always be small mistakes. That’s how it is in football, but then it’s just that the other guys have to help out if there’s a little mistake somewhere.
That’s what I think is important, that everyone is working well together as a group.”
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