Loris Karius has revealed he was blown away by just how big a club Liverpool is following his move to Anfield in the summer.
Karius, 23, has forced his way into Jurgen Klopp first team since his arrival from Mainz, and has been preferred to Simon Mignolet for the last six Premier League games after recovering from a broken bone in his hand.
And the German ace insists he is poised to maintain the challenge of keeping his position as No.1 for the table-toppers. Despite the worldwide media attention afforded to the Premier League, Karius says he was still surprised at the level of interest.
Karius said: “You actually don’t realise until you’re here how big this club is, followed by millions all over the world and everyone wants to understandably have an opinion because of their passion. You can read about it and be told about it, but you only feel it when you get here”.
“In Mainz sometimes when we lost a game, people would say ‘don’t worry, all good, we’ll do better next time’. Here the expectation is very different, very high and that is good because we expect only the very best for ourselves too. Of course, it is a new experience to have so much coming your way at once, but it is brilliant to have so many supporters everywhere who love the club and want the best for it”.
“It is motivation for us as players and we must use it. What they expect of me is no less than I expect from myself. I want to be my very best for Liverpool”.
“I can still do so much better and I’m confident I will show this every week,” he said. “I don’t have any fears, and I’m not scared of any challenges”.
“I know what I want to do, and how I have to do it. It’s a great honour for me to be at Liverpool and I will make sure everyone sees that”.
Liverpool next see league action when they travel to Southampton for a top flight clash on November 19.