Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is “prepared to fight” for the number one spot after a tough first season at Anfield.
The 23-year-old German joined the Reds from Mainz in a £4.7 million deal last summer but suffered a broken hand on a pre-season trip to the USA and was unable to stake an early claim for Simon Mignolet’s spot.
Karius eventually got his chance in September and held onto his place until December before two poor displays saw him replaced by Mignolet for the remainder of the campaign.
There has been talk that Karius could look to move on this summer but his agent, Florian Goll, insists that is not the case.
“He did not sign at Liverpool for the short term,” Goll told Goal.
“He believes in the vision of the manager and he wants to be fully fit and prepared to fight for the No. 1 position from the first day back.
“He has already started his individual programme to keep fit during the summer, because he wants to be completely ready when pre-season starts.
“He is extremely motivated by the competition.”
Competition for the goalkeeping spot at Anfield has also stepped up after Danny Ward returned from a loan spell at promoted Huddersfield.
Indeed, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg believes the club are in strong shape in that department, telling the Liverpool Echo last week: “My opinion is that in goalkeeping terms, things look pretty good for Liverpool.
“At a club like Liverpool small things get highlighted a lot more than at other clubs.
“Look at other clubs, they had their moments last season where not everything was perfect with their goalies.
“My job is to try to help the goalies to stay positive. I always talk to them and tell them what I think can be improved and I explain why we’re working on something.
“I try to help all of them to keep motivated so they’re working day in day out to be the best they can be.”